The Minister of Gender, Labour and Social development Frank Tumwebaze has said that the safety of migrant workers is of concern not only to the Government but international bodies and organisations too. Tumwebaze made these remarks today August 12, during the commemoration of the International Youth Day at State House, Entebbe.
“We are strengthening the external relations to ensure that youths who travel out there for work are safe. We are collaborating with various bodies to ensure that where Uganda has no presence, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is able to support our workers,” he said.
He added that there has been a challenge of child trafficking and unskilled workers moving out of the country through illegal means.
“These companies take them through illegal means. They are the most affected people because follow up is not easy,” Tumwebaze said.
Tumwebaze reechoed that the Ministry has revoked licenses of some companies involved in cheating the youths who are striving to find employment.
“Some companies that were involved in malpractices especially cheating the innocent youths, we have revoked their licenses and asked police to investigate those that were identified,” he further explained.
Tumwebaze revealed that the young people who travel for work abroad especially the girls contribute immensely to the remittances the Country receives.
“These young people especially the girls alone have been bringing in 600 million dollars. We are going to streamline this frame work by making sure that the companies that take these people are accountable and take them through gazetted, known means,” he said.
The Minister also said that the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development is working with other agencies; Internal affairs, Foreign affairs and Interpol to address the pending challenges.
“Soon we shall be coming to cabinet with proposals on how to reform the whole framework,” he concluded.