The Spanish Ambassador to Ghana, Mrs. Alicia Rico Perez Del Pulgar has advised young people in northern Ghana to stop traveling through the desert to get to Europe.
According to the ambassador, migration, especially irregular migration, was a big challenge to the Spanish government.
The issue, she explained, touches Spanish government very closely because the country has a lot of migrants from Africa.
The Spanish government, the ambassador added, is strengthening its bilateral cooperation with African countries such as Ghana to address irregular immigration.
Speaking in Tamale during the opening of the Migration Information Center (MIC) for northern sector in Tamale, the ambassador announced that the Spanish government will provide more financial support to the Ghana Immigration Service to boost the fight against irregular migration.
The center, second in Ghana after Sunyani, will provide reliable information on how to migrate safely and also educate the general public on the risks associated with irregular migration.
The only way to prevent young Ghanaians from embarking on dangerous journeys, Ambassador Rico Perez said, was for the young people to be well educated on how to take opportunities available here in Ghana rather. She urged young people in Ghana to take opportunities in Ghana but not always want to travel out for greener pastures.
She emphasized that irregular migration is dangerous and those who made it to Europe r were in a situation of vulnerability and exploitation which she said was much worse than staying in Ghana.
The Controller General (CGI) of the G.I.S, Lawyer Kwame Asuah Takyi said the Service was building officers’ capacity on detecting frauds.
He advised officers to man the northern sector Center to work diligently to serve the people. He also appealed to city authorities and traditional rulers to support the center and protect it and cautioned the youth to desist from following people who offer traveling opportunities.
The youth, he added, should patronize the center for all migration issues. He commended the Spanish government for providing support in the establishment of the Center.