Written by Chuks NZEH

Africa’s integration should be symbolic not parasitic - Keyamo

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Kkeyamo, SAN, has said that Africa's integration should be symbolic and not parasitic for member countries.

He made this known when he received a delegation of the African Union, AU, Labour Migration Advisory Committee, led by Dr. Alves D’Almada.

“African integration should benefit all countries, it should be symbiotic not parasitic, not a relationship that one country will benefit at the detriment of another”.

He noted that irregular migration to Europe and other non-African countries constituted a big problem in Africa which should not be tolerated nor encouraged. “We need to encourage total African integration to stop migration through illegal means”.

Keyamo further assured of Nigeria’s readiness to assist in legislation and policy to support the Committee in promoting African integration.

In his presentation, Dr. Alves D’Almada said they were in the ministry to explore ways of collaboration between the committee and the Federal Government to further promote African integration through job creation for Africans, managing migration issues, promoting free movement of goods and services and addressing the issue of visa-on-arrival in the continent.

D’Almada requested the assistance of the ministry in hastening the process of ratification and domestication of laws that concern free movement of persons, goods and services.

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