Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the Speaker of Ghana's Parliament, Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho

The increasing rate of illegal migration of Africans to various European countries through Italy has forced the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi to advice Ghanaian authorities to create more jobs for its youth.

Mr. Renzi noted that mass migration would be reduced when African governments build infrastructure, strong economies and create employment for the teeming unemployed youth.

Speaking to Members of Ghana’s Parliament in Accra on Tuesday, the Italian Prime Minister said Italy is leading in the fight against human trafficking across the Mediterranean Sea, and that the situation could only be reduced if employment opportunities are created for the jobless.

Human dignity

According to him, it was important to consider the human dignity above any other thing else stressing that “We try to save the people every day, every night in the Mediterranean Sea. There is a demagogic and populist campaign against the Italian people and some European people. Maybe, I lost some votes; maybe I lost some consensus.

“But I prefer to lose some consensus than to lose my dignity. And I consider the human dignity more important and we will continue to save the people on the Sea.”

He added that “But at the same time, we know and you know that the only way to stop human trafficking is to work together, build possibilities to creating jobs here. This is real and important challenge for the people.”

For  human trafficking to stop, Mr. Renzi said a lot of investment must be made in the African continent, calling on Europe to lead in this exercise.

“Europe must invest here and give message for the young generation to grow up in Ghana if they want”.

Peace and security

On peace and security, the Prime Minister said his country is committed to supporting peace, security and democracy in Ghana which has regional implications as part of the agenda to foster a strategic and mutually beneficial partnership.

He noted that “Peace, democracy, and rule of law is common to Ghana and Italy” adding that “We need a new vision for the world to invest in the new generation to focus together with a different strategy to change the world and I believe that democracy is the last form of resistance against violence and terrorism.”

Source: Albert Amekudzi

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