ECOWAS staff, Tony Luka Elumelu, excels at migration course for RECs

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - ECOWAS has again lived up to its reputation as a trail blazer in regional integration matters, with a staff of the ECOWAS Commission leading the pack of 16 participants at the just-ended intensive course on Migration Policy for Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Dakar, Senegal.

A Principal Programme Officer (PPO) in the Commission’s Free Movement and Tourism Directorate, Mr. Tony Luka Elumelu's outstanding performance fetched him excellent grades in the five-module course jointly organised by the African Union and the Dakar-based African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), set up by the UN in 1962.

PANA on Friday quoted the ECOWAS Commission as saying the AU's Migration Policy Framework and its objectives were presented to the 16 participants from five RECs - the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC), East African Community (ECA), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and ECOWAS, who were also taken through the course’s five modules that preceded a written test.

Mr. Elumelu, who served with the Nigerian Immigration Service before joining the Commission in 2008, led all the participants the class in all the five Modules on the African Union Migration Policy Framework for Africa; Reforming and aligning national legislation with sub-regional and international Conventions; Regional and national migration policies; Data collection and analysis; and Migration, human rights and security-related issues.

The ECOWAS official was presented with a certificate and a plaque by Mr. Ibrahima Fall, Permanent Secretary in Senegal’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, who represented the Minister at the closing ceremony of the training.

He described his performance as a demonstration of the level of ECOWAS’ achievement in migration, noting that the programme provided participants with an opportunity to share relevant information and knowledge on migration, one of the key pillars of regional integration.

Organisers said the course was to guide policymakers in RECs on the “formulation of migration policies that will enhance regional integration and actively contribute to the implementation of countries’ development strategies”.
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