President Mahama as it appears is mindful of the youths in Africa, as he appeals to the European Union (EU) to create jobs for youths so as to reduce migration. Mahama poured out his heart as he emphasized the dangers which African migrants face while trying to move to other foreign countries.
Speaking at a Dinner in honour of the Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renz at the Flagstaff House on Monday, Mahama expressed his concerns on Africans in diaspora and the inconveniencies faced by most of them. He appealed to the EU to support African countries like Libya who have most of their migrants cross to Europe.
President Mahama recalled that thousands of migrants especially from Africa, died in 2015 on the Mediterranean Sea while trying to enter Europe. Reports from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said over one million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015. This however, affected stability in Europe for a while as they tried to settle the migrants.
Mahama, equally appealed to countries that participated in the migration summit held in Valetta, to implement the five point political declaration and 16 concrete action plans, which were agreed on at the summit to be implemented by the end of 2016. To buttress his appeal, he said that the major way to help in the implementation of the EU political declaration was to create employment opportunities for youths. This, he pointed out will decline their attraction to foreign countries.
One of the key issues for which Ghana will encourage Italy to rally and get the European Union to work hard at is the need to support troubled countries like Libya to build a stable and functioning government. Developing and troubled countries must be supported by their development partners to build industry aimed at creating employment opportunities for young people in order to stem the regular migrant flows into Western Europe,” he said .
The Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi, is currently in the country for a two-day state visit. President Mahama has done well to communicate some of Africa’s challenges to the EU through him. He is also hopeful for a continuous peaceful coexisting relationship between Ghana and Italy.