The Journalist International Forum for Migration (JIFORM) has revealed its Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the African Media Summit themed ‘Migration and Human Development’.

The 25-member committee will be chaired by Ghanaian journalist, Jerry John Akormor of Class FM, with Biriam. S.Jobe of QTV, Gambia as Secretary.

The Co-chair for the event which will take place in Ghana between January 21 and 22, 2021, will be the General Manager Radio Nigeria 103.5 FM, Korede Ogunbunmi.

This is apart from the Technical Liaison Team that has the President of JIFORM, Ajibola Abayomi, member African Union Advisory Committee on Labour Migration, Dr Princes Ocansey, ministers and other highly placed African personalities working towards the success of the event.

In a statement issued by the Secretary of JIFORM, Juliet Makwama on Monday also listed is Fred Smith of Joy TV, Ghana, the Country Coordinator of JIFORM as the Chairman of Media and Publicity Committee with Ibironke Ariyo of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as Secretary.

Ms Makwama explained that the purpose of the summit being championed by JIFORM with over 250 journalists across the continents focusing on migration reportage with Headquarters in Lagos was to bring to fore advocacy against irregular migration and human trafficking especially the irritating Kafala system enslaving thousands of African women in the Middle East and Arabian nations while also echoing the need for safe and regular migration.

In its quest to enhance media capacity, a glossary of migration terminologies produced by JIFORM would to be distributed to over 10,000 media houses and journalists across the world would be unveiled at the summit.

Other journalists drawn from the continent as members of the LOC were Daniel Lawson-Drackey (Togo), Sapieu Kallon (Sierra Leone), Durra Mohammed Mukhtar Omer (Sudan), Bettie. J. Mbayo (Liberia), Ms Nyoni (Zimbabwe) and Dare Olusan, the MD/CEO of Africa Porta Radio/Tv, South Africa.

In addition, a Special Duty Committee was also announced comprising Head of Ghana Immigration Public Affairs Unit, Superintendent Michael Amoako-Atta, Dr Babatunde Tiamiyu of Pensioners FM, Nigeria, Bosede Funmilola Sodiq, the Special Adviser on Broadcast Media to the Oyo State Governor, Nigeria; Alambo Datonye, the Controller News, Creek FM Radio Nigeria, Bayelsa; Wale Akodu of Alausa Alert Lagos and Kofi Nkansah of Kingdom FM, Ghana.

All the officers of JIFORM were directed by its President, Ajibola Abayomi to strengthen the LOC with their structures across Africa.

“All hands must be on the deck to raise the consciousness of our people, enhance the media capacity and bring the stakeholders on same page regarding the fight against irregular migration, human trafficking and enslavement of Africans on other soils in the name of migration. “African leaders must reset governance to create more opportunities for citizens.

The success of this summit is a test of capability on the part of all JIFORM members, therefore we must deploy our best arsenals to make it happen for the good of the continent” said Ajibola, the President, JIFORM