Workshop to empower migrant informal workers opens in Accra 


A 3-day workshop on the implementation of the ‘Creating Livelihood and Environmentalism in Accra Now (CLEAN) Project has opened in the city. 

The CLEAN project which is being implemented by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in collaboration with the Global Cities Fund and Mayor's Migration Council is aimed at addressing issues that affect climate migrants in selected communities and expanding and facilitating access to services, financial inclusion, healthcare, and childcare.

Speaking at the workshop held in Accra on Wednesday, the Mayor of Accra, Hon Elizabeth K.T Sackey said the Project had come at an opportune time and was beneficial as it would help foster cordiality with the informal sector, address multiple inequalities, as well as support an inclusive transition to a greener and more resilient city. 

She disclosed that the Project which is expected to run for one year would positively impact the lives of migrants in three communities in Accra namely Cable & Wireless, Agbogbloshie, and the Central Business District (CBD). 

"Migration is a key issue in Accra and the city is host to both local and international migrants with about 83% of them employed in the informal sector... This human mobility trend is expected to accelerate in the future, resulting in increased pressure on local urban infrastructure and service delivery mechanisms...To handle some of these inequalities and vulnerabilities, this project under the Mayor's Migration Council's Global Cities Fund for Migrants and Refugees is timely and beneficial,” she said. 

"As a leader, while projects like these make me proud and optimistic, there is still a lot to be done to address the vulnerability of migrants especially those disproportionately impacted by climate," she added. 

She used the opportunity to express appreciation to the Global Cities Fund and Mayor's Migration Council for their support towards addressing the challenges of migrants in Accra.

Deputy Director of the Solid Waste Department at the AMA, Victor Kotey in a remark revealed that the outcome of the project was to construct a childcare centre for the kids of migrants and also ensure their access to social services.

He explained the AMA’s rationale for supporting urban migrants, and displaced people, stressing that this informed the decision to sort assistance from the Global Cities Fund’s chapter on Inclusive Climate Action to expand access to employment for at-risk migrants and marginalised Ghanaians to strengthen the city's economy's resilience to the impacts of climate change and improve working conditions in the informal waste sector.

He disclosed that as part of the project, migrants especially non-citizens would be enrolled in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) as well as the National Identification System. 

Mr Kwadwo Frimpong, an Associate of the People’s Dialogue, a Non-Governmental Organization that mobilises the urban poor and empowers them to be responsible citizens, in a statement assured their support towards achieving the goal of building a haven for the migrants.