Ghana and Germany have jointly cut the sod for the construction of a Ghanaian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Re-integration (GGC)
The centre is an employment hub for Ghanaians abroad who want to settle back home. it is also for those already in the country who want information about employment.
the GGC is currently located in the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) heights in Accra.
Work on the permanent office being carried out by Tacoa Construction Co. Ltd, will be completed in September.
The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr. Ignatius Baffour Awuah, at the sod cutting ceremony in Accra last Monday, described the collaboration to construct a permanent Centre for jobs as an important milestone.
“I am happy to say that today’s ceremony is a celebration of the manifestation of our common interest and the good faith we have pledged in ourselves,” he said.
he said solving the challenge of joblessness, which was at the heart of issues such as reintegration, would ensure a comprehensive solution to all allied issues.
“If you answer the problem of jobs, then you have a solution for all other problems,” he added
Mr. Awuah said in discussions with Germany, it had come out that Ghana had to strengthen its opportunities for its people to find decent jobs to stem the tide of irregular migration that placed Ghanaians in vulnerable situations.
“This is why we have job creation at the centre of our memorandum of cooperation between the ministry and GIZ”, he said.
he, however, pointed out that job creation and ensuring safe migration practices alone would not solve the challenge, but the creation of the right of the right linkages and collaboration in efforts is also important.
Mr. Awuah said that made the construction of the centre an important complement to the government’s effort at creating jobs.
He was hopeful that when completed, the centre would provide the necessary support to the Migration Unit of the Labour Department under the ministry.
He also expressed the hope that similar centres would in time, be constructed across the country as employment centres to facilitate the mobility of labour skills within the country.
The GIZ Project Director of the Migration for Development Programme, Mr. Ralf Saftenberg, in his remarks, said the construction of the centre showed the commitment between the Ministry and the agency, as well as Ghana and Germany.
Mr. Saftenberg said GGC had so far directly supported 200 Ghanaians to find jobs, while about 600 others had also been mediated into employment or helped to set up their own businesses
Source: Graphic Online