NYSS, IOM enhance technical skill for migrants

Friday, August 31, 2018

The National Youths Service Scheme (NYSS) in collaboration with International Organisation for Migration (IOM) with funding from the European Union (EU) Migrant Protection and Reintegration fund recently began 10 days capacity training for returnee migrants.

The training which is targeting 98 returnees who opted skills training is aimed at instilling discipline to the returnees; with a view to expose them to career counseling and guidance service.

The orientation programme, officials said involved 146 young people. The training will be characterised with a combination of theory and practical (on–the-job training) to be held at the President’s International Award Scheme in Bakau from the 27th of August to 5th of September 2018.

Speaking at the forum, Bala Musa Conteh, a representative from IOM said that The Gambia government is taking considerable efforts to receive and reintegrate Gambia returnees from the so-called ‘back way,’ in particular along the central Mediterranean route for those returning from Niger and Libya since the beginning of 2017 under the project entitled: EUTF-IOM   initiative for migrant protection and reintegration.

“The IOM is committed to strengthening cooperation and coordination with the government at national and regional levels with a view to enhance the overall protection framework and sustainable reintegration possibilities for returnees and promoting effective awareness raising as well as social cohesion in the Gambia,” he said.

Mr. Emmanuel B. Mendy, the executive director of NYSS said his institution is one of the satellite institutions of national significance where government crusade for practical youth development empowerment is delivered to youth.

“We as government has a moral duty and responsibility to care about the young people and address their issues of empowerment as a strategy for dealing with various problems affecting them including youth poverty resulting from many demographic, economic and social factors.”

The unemployment particularly among young people, he added, is a large and growing problem in many countries including The Gambia. “Creating more and better employment for young people is not the only way of poverty reduction but also investment in our common future.”

Talism Bah, a migrant who was deported from Libya said lack of job among others factors were some of the reasons why he attempted to embark on the dangerous route to Europe in search for greener pasture.

“My expectation was to leave the country to Europe in order to improve my leaving condition. However, things became worst as I started my journey,” Bah added.

Author: Sanna Jallow