ILO launches job initiative to assist returnee migrants in Ghana, Nigeria
London, Feb. 26, 2020 (AltAfrica)-An ILO. initiative to ensure fair recruitment and decent working conditions for labour migrants and returnees in the country has kicked off.
The project is being jointly implemented by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in collaboration with the governments of Nigeria and Ghana and funded by the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ).
Known as Initiative for Labour Migration Employment and Reintegration (LMER). It is being implemented simultaneously in Ghana and Nigeria aimed at protecting potential and returning migrants in the two countries.
Under the initiative, potential and returning migrants in Nigeria and Ghana are protected through fair and effective labour migration governance frameworks
Secondly, Migrant Resource Centres in Nigeria and Public Employment Centres in Ghana offer services to enhance employment and income generating opportunities of potential and return migrants and support the reintegration of returnees in a sustainable manner.
Already, partners in the project in Ghana, including representatives of Ghanaian agencies, the ILO and GIZ, have met in Accra for a joint briefing and review of the initiative.
Participants were drawn from the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, the Trades Union Congress, Youth Employment Agency, the Ghana Statistical Service, the Labour Department and the Regional Institute for Population Studies and the Centre for Migration Studies.
The National Programme Manager of the ILO, Ms Akua Ofori-Asumadu, who took the participants through the components of the project, said the initiative would support the labour migration policy framework in Ghana and Nigeria.
A Labour Statistician from the Ghana Statistical Service, Mr Anthony Oduro-Denkyira, said the service, with support from the European Union was currently undertaking a pilot cost of recruitment survey to establish the cost migrants bore when they migrated from Ghana to work in other countries