International Organization for Migration (IOM) through the office of Community Mobilization Officer (COMO) of National Orientation Agency (NOA) has conducted a refreshers’ training for facilitators on Community Dialogue in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The event which was executed in partnership with National Orientation Agency (NOA), National Agency For The Prohibition Of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIPS), and other NGOs took place on Thursday, 2nd of June, 2022 at Ifo Local Government Secretariat and was aimed at retraining the facilitators in order to be more informed about the program and how to take the message on irregular migration to the local populace.
Speaking while delivering her welcome remarks, Community Mobilization Officer (COMO) of Ifo LG, Mrs. Craig Bolanle admonished the trainers to ensure they take the message on irregular migration to their various communities adding that the danger associated with irregular migration is so enormous and they all have a part to play in order to reduce or eliminate the menace.
Mr. Kole Shodunke while discussing about Introduction to IOM, he explained what IOM stands for adding that the facilitators should always educate their communities about the danger of irregular migration saying they should travel through legal and regular means if they need to travel out of the country. According to the 2020 report, two-thirds of Nigerian migrants traveled to search for jobs or work. He, however, said IOM has been urging people to always travel through regular means because traveling through irregular means will deny them of their individual rights.
Comrade Akeem Dare in his remarks was optimistic that by the end of the continuous dialogue and engagement with the community they can come out with widely acceptable and proposed bye-laws to the local legislature that will prohibit smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons, and illegal migration while also regulating and reducing irregular migration to the barest minimum.
Highlights of the event include; brainstorming, practical sessions as well as group work and presentations.