AfriHeritage and German Cooperation: Working Towards a Strategic Alliance
The African Heritage Institution (AfriHeritage) and the Deutsche Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH are looking forward to a strategic alliance towards the realization of their respective goals. This was the subject of partnership development meeting in Enugu, between AfriHeritage and the German government agency (GIZ) charged with the responsibility of assisting African migrants who are interested in returning to their home country to do so without the risk of facing unemployment and other economic considerations upon their return.
Representing GIZ at the meeting, Dr Austin Obinna Ezejiofor, Coordinator, Migration for Development Programme, revealed that the German government through his organization is assisting many African migrants living in Germany to, upon their voluntary decision, return to their home country and settle down either permanently or on temporary basis, contributing to the overall development of their home country through the application of their skills acquired while in Germany. He said they do this by assisting in bringing to the knowledge of the returning migrants, many job opportunities that fit their skills, experience and qualification, but may not be known to them. According to him, “this is being done through the placement of highly skilled and qualified returnees into local organizations that require their services, but may not ordinarily afford their wages”.
Earlier, the Executive Director of the AfriHeritage, Professor Ufo Okeke-Uzodike, thanked Dr Ejiofor and GIZ for considering AfriHeritage worthy to partner with. He emphasized that AfriHeritage, as a research based not-for-profit, non-political organization places much premium on the quality of its products, therefore, it is usually careful about the qualification and skills of its workforce. He promised that AfriHeritage will study the proposal from GIZ and take appropriate decisions.