The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Network have organised a training session for some 70 NADMO officials in offering in Psychological Counseling Training to forced return migrants and other disaster victims.
Director General of NADMO, Hon. Eric Nana Agyeman Prempeh said, although government does not support irregular migration, it is expected that Ghanaian returnees are handled with much respect and dignity.
According to him, psychological aid has become necessary in the reintegration process for returnees and that government is taking steps to ensure that, each returnee migrant, whatever their condition, are assisted to survive economically and socially in order not to be lured by the existing and “emerging migration drivers.”
Hon. Eric Nana Agyeman Prempeh was addressing an IOM/GIZ NADMO MHPSS CB Training program in Accra yesterday.
According to him, forced Ghanaian returnees have to endure sufferings and defenselessness as they usually arrived with delicate risks owing to their liabilities.
He noted that, “the constant narrative of the challenges that usually characterize the return process that is from detention centers in host countries to post arrival in Ghana, reveals that a good number of them arrive in Ghana with practically nothing to depend on for their livelihood.”
Eric Nana Agyeman Prempeh said, some of them return with chronic ill conditions.
He averred that in all these, there is the need for an effective reintegration system hence capacity building and skills enhancement for handlers of forced return migrants and other disaster victims.
According to him, the collaboration between NADMO, IOM and GIZ is ample in building the livelihood capacities of the returned migrants of all groups.
“This has become imperative because, in recent times the nature and frequency of occurrence of disasters and emergencies within the country are seen to be on the ascendency. Particularly, return migration related issues have become complex. In this regard, it has become important to adopt the use of modern ways of managing such complex situations hence the need to enhance the capacity of actors of migration management within their respective areas of expertise,” he said.
He also stressed the importance of training NADMO Staff and equipping them to manage victims of disasters and forced return migrants more efficiently.
About 70 NADMO officers have participated in the training of trainers training in Psychological Counseling Training under the auspices of IOM and GIZ.
At the end of the training, these officers will be able to handle traumas, fear and distress emanating from disasters, emergencies and similar experiences of unprepared return of migrants.
Eric Nana Agyeman Prempeh expects that the training will go a long way to prepare and better place participants in the administration of initial psychological counseling to disaster victims and forced return migrants.
“As we work together into the future, it is important to remind ourselves that we are working towards attaining a common goal of seeing return migrants regain a sustainable socio-economic balance,” he stressed.
–Prosper Kay AGBENYEGA