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All set for JIFORM’S summit

 

Ajibola JIFORM President

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Foremost professor of Law and renowned African activist, Professor Patrick Lumumba, the Chairman of the Nigerian Federal House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, former Canada Immigration Minister, Gerry Wiener, and the Controller General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede and others will on Thursday October 15, 2020 address the world migration forum at the Pensioners’ FM hall in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.

The programme would also feature International Organization for Migration (IOM) Gambia and Nigeria as well as Diaspora Innovation Institute, US, Rescue Africans in Slavery Foundation, US and ThisLebanon from Lebanon.

 

The event that will combine both virtual and physical presentations themed: Migration Governance and Media Strategy for Development during Pandemic is the 2020 edition of the Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) with over 200 journalists across the continents covering migration matters’ annual summit.

 

Ajibola Abayomi, President of JIFORM in a statement issued in Ibadan on Tuesday said the conference would address the recent trend across the world and the need to evolve a better framework to better the lots of humanity in the areas of migration.

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“As fall out of this year workshop, we intend to produce a glossary of migration terminologies to be distributed to over 10,000 journalists and media houses across the world.

 

The summit would be formally unveiled Babandede with participation of notable speakers that include Dr Princess Ocansey, member African Union Advisory Committee on Labour Migration, Professor Bryon Price of Diaspora Innovation Institute, USA; Johanna Mac from Erich Brost Institute, Germany; Mr Ggenga Omotoso, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lagos State; Professor Ikechukwu Anthony Kanu and speakers from Lebanon, America among others.

 

Ajibola added that gathering would also reflect on media contributions to the advancement of safe, regular and purposeful migration required to discourage slavery and strengthen economic capacity to turn around economies especially in Africa.

 

“We have come to a point where media cannot but join in the struggle to liberate the minds of millions of souls being sold to human trafficking, hard labour under the disguise of false characterization by the privileged exploiters. On the other hand, the African leaders must do the needful and reset priorities so that the continent can continue to be a land of desired dream for its citizens”.

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Ajibola Abayomi

President, JIFORM

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IOM launches open South America portal

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Buenos Aires – IOM, the International Organization for Migration, this week launched the Open South America Portal, a web platform providing migrants and stakeholders in the region with access to reliable and timely information on human mobility restrictions and health and safety measures adopted by governments in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Open South America, available in SpanishEnglish and Portuguese, shares official information by country on the latest measures, including border restrictions, quarantine requirements and COVID-19 tests for migrants and travellers.

The portal also provides updated information on authorized entry points and key places for travellers and migrants, such as consulates, migrant care and health centres, airports, border crossings points and ports. This information can be explored through an interactive map.

The platform, funded by the IOM Development Fund, is also accessible to vulnerable migrants who may be stranded or are at risk of receiving misinformation on migration.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, South America has been one of the most impacted regions worldwide. According to the World Health Organization figures, as of 8 July 2021 there were 33,475,765 COVID-19 cumulative cases in the region, which represents 89 per cent of the total cases in Latin America, and 18 per cent of all infections recorded globally.

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Countries such as Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador all experienced severe outbreaks. For example, Brazil currently reports the third highest number of cumulative cases (18,855,015) and second highest death toll (526,892) globally.

“Open South America will facilitate orderly, regular and responsible migration in South America amid the uncertain times of COVID-19 and after the pandemic,” said Minister Ana Laura Cachaza, General Director of Consular Affairs of the Government of Argentina.

“Migrants’ access to up-to-date information through innovative online tools is essential considering the changing migration dynamic in the region due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Marcelo Pisani, IOM Regional Director for South America.

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29,000 Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalians, other Africans migrated through the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in 2021 —IOM

The International Organisation for Migration has said that 29,000 individuals including Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalians and other Africans have emigrated to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea this year.

About 13,000 were arrested by the coast guards and returned home while 761 migrants were said to have perished in the sea.

Disclosing this to journalists in Abuja on Friday, the Chief of Mission, IOM Nigeria, Mr Franz Celestin, said less than five per cent of migrants usually made it to Europe, adding that the vast majority stay in Africa.

He further said that a lot of migrants were trafficked within the Economic Community of West African States, adding that Mali was the number one destination point for trafficked Nigerian women.

Responding to questions on the number of people who have undertaken the perilous trip to Europe through the Mediterranean, the IOM Chief said, “A combination of unemployment and underemployment is pushing people to migrate.

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“In this year, 29,000 migrants from Sub-Sahara Africa have migrated to Europe through the Mediterranean. About 13,000 were intercepted by the coastguard while 761 died.”

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Celestin stressed the importance of tackling human trafficking which he said grossed about $150 billion annually.

“Traffickers make a lot of money and they would continue to do it until a coordinated response is evolved to stop them. We are collaborating with Interpol in this respect; we are connected to the Interpol i/247 database. We connected the MIDAS to the Interpol database where we pass the information on traffickers to the Interpol,” he stated.

Celestin explained that the IOM has been involved in the biometric registration of children in the North-East, noting that the agency has registered no fewer than 17,053 children in 18 different internally displaced person camps between 2019 and May 2021 in Borno State.

The agency chief also disclosed that IOM was involved in the G7 Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Compact for North-East.

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FG condemns killing of Nigerian footballer in UK

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The Federal government has condemned the alleged killing of a Nigerian Footballer, Kelvin Igweani, by the UK police.

Recall that Igweani, a Nigerian Footballer, was shot dead by officers, who attended a call out to a house, where a child was found with serious injuries.

Reacting, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), in Abuja on Wednesday described the incident as very unfortunate,and sad.

Dabiri-Erewa condoled with the family of the deceased and the Nigerian communities in the UK while praying that God grants rest to the soul of the departed.

“We call on the UK government for a thorough and proper investigation to be carried out on the incident,” the statement added.

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