By Adekola Adeoye

The Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) has invited the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama to its third annual migration summit in Canada.

Participants from North America, Europe, Asia, South and North America, Africa and from several countries have confirmed participation at the hybrid event to be held in Toronto between December 3-11, 2021.

Ajibola Abayomi, President JIFORM in a statement said the invitation of the duo was necessitated by their interest and support for advocacy on migration matters.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu (left) and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama

JIFORM, comprising over 300 Journalists covering migration issues across the continents also announced the addition of an event company, Abedorc Productions Inc., Canada, the owners of the Dorc Tv and Dorc Radio to the list of partners for the summit in the country.

Other partners are: Home For The Needy, Edo State; Diaspora Innovation Institute, Federal University of Technology Akure, the NEKOTECH Center of Excellence, Ghana and others.

The United Nations’ lead migration agency the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Nigeria and in other countries and international speakers that include former Minister of Citizenship and Immigration in Canada, Hon Gerry Weiner; Professor Patrick Lumumba, a foremost pan-Africanist from Kenya and member of the African Union Labour Migration Advisory Committee, H E Dr Kabuki Asie Ocansey from Ghana are to deliver presentations during the summit.

Listed also were Mr Williams Goiz, the Regional Director, Asia Migration Forum; Director, Home For The Needy, Folorunso Abumere; Professor Byron Price of City University, New York City, USA and others. 

JIFORM, founded in 2018 initiated the global summit premiered in Abuja between November 26-28, 2019. On February 25-26, 2021, the media body held the maiden African Migration Summit in Accra, Ghana in partnership with the Nekotech Center of Excellence and equally organized the  first African Media Migration Summit in Lome, Togo between June 22-23 this year.

Apart from these, JIFORM has organized series of training and workshops on migration, anti-human trafficking, labour, decent work, economic and social developments over the years from which over 3000 Journalists and other participants have benefited. 

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