Ernestina Adu is one of four advisors at the Ghanaian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (GGC) in Accra. She gave an interview to tell us about her work and the impact that the corona pandemic has had on it.
Ms Adu, what does the GGC actually do?
The centre provides information on the labour market in Ghana and helps returning migrants with social and economic reintegration. We want to give the necessary individual support to those who have lived abroad for a while and who are now working in Ghana again or would like to start a business. We also advise young people about training opportunities in Ghana.
How has the corona pandemic altered what you do?
The crisis has severely impacted our work. Over 20 people a day would normally visit the centre to seek advice. The corona pandemic means we've been concentrating on providing advice online since mid March – the centre is temporarily closed. All four advisors are working from home. We provide advice by phone, but also use platforms like Skype and other ways of reaching people.
How many people are you currently advising per day?
Every day I speak to between seven and ten people who are contacting us for the first time. This is on top of the people we've been assisting for a while. I hold a total of around 20 consultations a day. The centre provides us with sufficient data volumes to provide a technically proficient online advice service.