On January 23, 2024, Ambassador Ernest Mbaimba Ndomahina, the Commissioner of the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA), welcomed Alessia Castelfranco, Head of the International Organization on Migration (IOM) Development Fund at the Geneva headquarters, and Christos Christodoulides, Head of the IOM office in Sierra Leone.
Commissioner Ndomahina, in the course of his visit to the International Organization for Migration in Geneva, held discussions with Deputy Director General Madam Irena Vojackova-Sollorano. The focal points of their conversation included displacement issues, the impacts of climate change, and NaCSA’s support, aligning with President Bio’s Big Five Agenda Manifesto commitments.
Expressing gratitude, Commissioner Ndomahina acknowledged the recent $300,000 IOM Development Funding Support for the ‘Combatting Irregular Migration through Youth Empowerment and Community Engagement Project in Sierra Leone.’ This initiative, spanning 24 months, is in harmony with the Medium-Term National Development Framework (MT-NDF 2019-2023).
Alessia Castelfranco engaged with NaCSA, emphasizing the importance of ensuring the successful implementation of the project. She pledged the IOM’s continued efforts to facilitate the project’s success.
Financed by the IOM’s Internal Development Fund (IDF), the project, commencing in December 2023, aims to combat irregular migration through empowering youth and engaging communities. Its primary focus is on reducing the push factors leading to rural-to-urban and irregular migration among youth in Sierra Leone