AMA,  IOM commemorate International Migrants Day with art exhibition 

22.Dec.2020

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on Friday outdoored an art exhibition off the Kanda Highway to commemorate this year’s International Migrants Day. 

The murals, designed by artists from Ghana Graffiti and funded by the European Union (EU) depict the theme of this year's celebration: " Reimagining Human Mobility, " as well as forms part of the AMA's 'Accra for Art' Initiative which seeks to beautify the city through arts. 

The Metropolitan Chief Executive of Accra, Mohammed Adjei-Sowah, in a remark said the International Migrants Day was a unique opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the city adding that there was no other way to celebrate the day than through the creation of a bright and colourful piece of street art in one of the most diverse communities in Accra.

According to him, migrants have mostly side-lined in decision making and that the phenomenon informed the decision to commemorate the day in Nima with the paintings since it was the home of many migrants from West Africa. 

"Many a time we make decisions, implement policies without factoring migrants and the contributions they make. But our purpose of gathering here is to commemorate the day by doing something in a migrant community" he said. 

He explained that the artwork was to educate migrants to migrate safely. 

The United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Ghana, Mr Charles Abani, in a remark assured that the UN in Ghana would continue to work with stakeholders and partners to support the Government of Ghana as well as all citizens to recover from crisis and create societies that are inclusive of migrants regardless of their status. 

"We are mindful of ensuring an inclusive response plan, where all people including migrants are considered as we tackle the economic and health issues. Enhancing migration governance through the implementation of the Global Migration Compact, the first global framework to enhance international cooperation on migration governance and to which Ghana has committed to will be essential, " he said. 

The IOM Ghana Chief of Mission, Abibatou Wane-Fall, called on all policymakers, civil society, community leaders, the media to ensure that no one was left behind as they move from pandemic response to recovery.

"Our joint commitment is needed for the successful implementation of the Global Compact for Migration and the Sustainable Development Goals, " he said.

Mr Mohammed Awudu, a co-founder of Ghana-  Graffiti, emphasised the need to address endemic poverty in low-income communities in Ghana. 

Ghanaian rapper and songwriter, Kofi Kinaata, who is the UN Migration Agency’s first Goodwill Ambassador to promote safe migration in Ghana was in attendance.