(JollofNews) – Sierra Leone’s Ernest Bai Koroma has added his voice to the chorus of recriminations, describing the unfolding events in Libya as an ‘African Problem.’
Disturbing news reports continue to emerge from detention centres located in the Northern African country, revealing a new type of ‘slavery’ involving young Sub-Saharan Africans being ‘auctioned’ by their jailors.
“It is a regional problem, an African problem. It is not only limited to The Gambia. We also have Sierra Leneans that are now returning
home,” he told reporters Friday during a press conference held at State House, Banjul.
President Koroma arrived Thursday in Gambia after attending a high-level Africa-EU Summit held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from November 28-29, 2017. The migration crisis topped the agenda as the ordeals of African migrants in Libya were uncovered by a CNN investigation.
He said the focus of the Africa-EU Summit was to see how they can work together to ensure that they can minimize what he termed as “uncontrolled migration” that is taking place.
“Nobody can stop migration. But uncontrolled migration that is what we have to focus on,” he stated.
Koroma then pointed out that African goverments need to create opportunities for young people to get engaged into more productive activity.
The Sierra Leonean leader said many young Africans leave their country out of ignorance as they succumbed to ‘false hopes’ and a good number of them ended up being duped and dumped by traffickers.
“How do we ensure to translate the energy of the youths info something more productive?” he qizzed.
Meanwhile, Gambia Information minister Demba Ali Jawo announced on November 29 that government is working on plans that would “fast-track and put in mechanisms to encourage Gambian youth to stay in the
country and partake in the rebuilding processes.”
Jawo further emphasized that where there is a need for youth migration, it must be done in context where their lives are not