The Migrant Labour General Workers’ Union (MLGWU) has appealed to government to fund it to train and retrain deported labour migrants in the country.
General Secretary of MLGWU, Justice Baako Ntarmah, who made the call on the occasion of the commemoration of the 2017 International Migrant Workers’ Day, said there was also the need for funding by government to enable his outfit to “set up roadside restaurants which will feed once daily returned migrants or immigrants on credit basis.”
Making a number of recommendations to help address the plight of deportees during the celebration held in December, Justice Ntarmah observed that “government and its concerned migration ministries, as well as IOM, GIS, NADMO, Ghana Refugee Board, should engage MLGWU of TUC on pre-decision, conditions, modules of evacuation and packages offering to our dear Ghanaian immigrant workers and their families from abroad in case of emergency situations.”
“The future of the migrating youth will not come by itself if our trade union does not take action to draw government’s attention to address the difficulties young workers face in Ghana and Africa. Due to unemployment, some Ghanaian migrant young workers become the prey of dubious agencies migrating illegally through deserts, sea and unapproved routes,” he said.
He urged members of the public not to blame deportees and returnees to aggravate their emotional problems, saying “it is the lack of decent and dignified employment in Ghana or Africa that pushes youth who have no experience to accept any juicy offer.”
By Melvin Tarlue