The Migration Dilemma: 'Make job creation priority' - Gov't told

The Migration Dilemma: 'Make job creation priority' - Gov't told
Source: Ghana|Myjoyonline.com
Date: 01-12-2017 Time: 07:12:40:am

On a day when some 127 Ghanaians arrived from the dungeons of Libya, saved from the jaws of death and treated with indignity as human beings, experts have asked the government to focus on job creation.

Joy News and DW TV held a Town Hall Meeting Thursday aimed at finding a lasting solution to what is increasingly becoming a noose on the necks of many countries across the globe.

For years, thousands have died in a desperate attempt to seek greener pastures across the Mediterranean.

This week, harrowing stories have been told of many Africans held hostage for many months in Libya and later sold as slaves to buyers in Europe have dominated the headlines.

Stakeholders including officers from the International Organisation for Migration, Information Minister Mustapha Hamid, returnees who converged at the ISSER Conference Hall have implored the government to invest in the youth. 

Harrowing stories have been told again and again by the returnees.

Every story told, brings a whole new chilling effect.

Last night experience at ISSER was different.

One of the returnees shared how he fasted for three days just so he would cross the Mediterranean. He failed but he survived. Some of his colleagues died.

Responding to a question by a DW TV journalist as to whether he was impressed with the role of African leaders in the fight against the migration crisis and the situation in Libya, Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid blamed African leaders for their failure to prevent the overthrow of Libyan President, Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Rebel forces captured the capital, Tripoli in the clashes which eventually saw Mr. Gaddafi and his government ousted.

Throughout the conflict, rebels rejected efforts by the African Union to end the fighting because the plans set forth did not include the removal of Gaddafi.

However, Mustapha Hamid said no tangible defence can be mounted for African leaders in allowing Gaddafi's overthrow, which resulted in the breakdown of law and order in Libya.

He admitted the Ghanaian government had not done enough to conscientize the citizens about the opportunities available and give them hope about the need to stay in the country.

But he was emphatic the experience of Ghanaian returnees will compel the government to speed up the job creation process.

 

 

 

 

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