The Executive Director of Afrobarometer and the Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) says investing in jobs, good health and educational systems are the best way to stem migration.
Prof. Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi who disclosed the findings from the latest Afrobarometer surveys said it is crucial the country invests in job-producing economic growth.
His comments follow the unremitting flow of Africans, especially youth, from their countries of origin to other parts of the world in search of better opportunities which has assumed crisis proportions.
This quest for the proverbial “greener pastures” in other countries highlights the persistent failure of African countries to provide their citizens with the basic necessities of life and an enabling environment for them to fully explore their potential.
Hundreds of African migrants are reportedly being sold in open slave markets in Libya.
Footage released by CNN from Libya, showed young men from sub-Saharan Africa being auctioned as farm workers.
Adding his voice to calls for African governments to develop their human resource, Prof Gyimah-Boadi’s remarked at a town hall meeting organised at the University of Ghana, under the auspices of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
He disclosed that unemployment is the most important problem Africans want their governments to resolve, according to findings from Afrobarometer Round 6 surveys conducted in 36 African countries in 2014/2015. Next in priority are health and education.
According to him, data from seven African countries; Zimbabwe, Benin, Malawi, Mali, Kenya, Uganda, and Côte d’Ivoire; in which Afrobarometer Round 7 surveys have been conducted also revealed that a majority of respondents who have considered emigrating are motivated by the desire for jobs and favourable economic conditions, especially in Europe and North America.
A clear implication of these findings from Afrobarometer surveys is that a focus on investment in job-producing economic growth, health, and education are crucial to stem the tide of emigration from Africa.
The meeting focused on ways in which Germany can collaborate to ensure economic and political stability in Ghana and across the region.
It also included the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the University of Ghana and the German Ministry of Education, through Freiburg University, for the establishment of the Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies (MICAS) in Africa.