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ECOWAS wants stronger migration policies

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) wants member-states to strengthen their capacities towards the formulation and implementation of strong migration policies that would be beneficial to the region.

The challenge was made, yesterday, by an official of the regional body, Mr. Pietro Mona at the opening of a training workshop on migration and labour migration policies development for officials from Nigerian and Ghana, organised by the International Organization on Migration (IOM).

He suggested stronger cooperation and consultation among governments of member-states at all levels as well as partnering with bodies like the IOM, the European Union, civil society groups, the academia and others to achieve desired results.

Minister of Labour and Productivity, Prince Adeto-kunbo Kayode, in a message, said a lot could be achieved by working on the existing laws on migration of West African countries to make them uniform and up to international standards          .

Represented by the director of employment and wages in the ministry Mrs. O. Ajayi the minister noted that developing a migration policy among nations was not an easy task adding, “It is my candid advice that you consider the outcome of the legislative review seriously if you are to develop good and acceptable migration policies.”


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