By Our Reporter
Nigeria’s Minister of State Labour and Employment, Chief Festus Keyamo, SAN, alongside President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone; former Malawian President, Joyce Banda and other top dignitaries on the continent have been nominated for migration awards at the African Leadership Forum on Decent Work billed to be launched at Freetown on Friday May 28.
Bio is to officially unveil the forum that would also feature formal presentation of a book titled Deadly or Decent Work authoured by a member of the African Union Labour-Migration Advisory Committee from Ghana, Rev. Dr. Asie Kabukie Ocansey, while Keyamo has been slated to deliver a keynote address on Migration: Decent Work As A Tool For Development under the chairmanship of Sierra Leone’s Minister of Labour and Social Security, Alpha Timbo.
The event is a fall out of the African Migration Summit (AMS)’s agenda powered by the Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) in partnership with the Nekotech Center for Excellence Labour Diplomacy on February 25-26 in Accra, Ghana to further promote decent, safe, orderly and regular migration.
A statement issued by Ajibola Abayomi, the President of JIFORM said the personalities were elected for the awards based on their commitments to the promotion of decent work and advocacy against slavery of migrants both within and outside the continent.
Calling on the African leaders to initiate an affirmative action to open up multiple platforms especially with the Middle East to negotiate decent jobs for the Africans, Ajibola affirmed the AMS’s readiness to draw attention to the need to secure jobs for women through decent means devoid of abuse and intimidation across the globe especially in Arabian nations.
He lauded President Bio for lifting the ban on labour migration and engaging Ocansey, a multiple international award winner and labour migration consultant with over 30 years experience to coordinate the recruitment of Sierra Leoneans for decent jobs abroad being supported with the expertise of several professionals under the umbrella of the Slide of Success (SOS) Global Investments.
“Sierra Leone is showing other African countries the way to go by being honest and humble. Africa must not shy away from the fact that her youths are yearning for opportunities because the systems in countries here cannot provide enough to accommodate many of them, however, a machinery must be put in place to ensure that they are not deceived into slavery, exploitation and prostitution. We are applauding the SOS’s option noted for excellent recruitment and guaranteed workers welfare through the magnanimity of President Bio. This is a huge relief and the right way to go” said the JIFORM President.
The AMS according to the statement would present African Migration Presidential Champion 2021, Africanstateswoman Decent Work Champion, Distinguished Ministerial Service, African Decent Work Crusader and the Legendary Decent Work Service awards to President Bio, ex-President Joyce Banda, Alpha Timbo, Keyamo and the Amazon’s best seller authour, Ocansey respectively for their numerous contributions to positive migration.