Dozens in Diaspora seek work back home
Rlg Communications reports that dozens of Africans living in Europe turned up at the Park Plaza Hotel in London recently to attend Ghana Careers Fair 2013 sponsored by Rlg.
Even though two other companies; UT Bank and the State Housing Company used the fair to scout for qualified and experienced job seekers, most of the over 300 participants preferred to appear before the rlg recruitment team, the company said.
They queued for hours to justify the desire to work for what has almost become a pan-African brand. Some travelled long distances from places such as Scotland and neighboring European countries to London for the fair.
Rlg recently announced commencement of operations in East Africa after huge success in West Africa where it currently has presence in Ghana, Nigeria and the Gambia. The company is also present in South Africa, China and Dubai where it has its global offices. Should its ongoing expansion programme pay off, the company is expected to enter Rwandan and Angolan markets before the end of the year.
The fair, the first of its kind, was organized by England & Wales based Network for Diaspora Professionals Ltd and the GUBA Awards scheme and supported by Ghana’s mission in London. It was aimed at showcasing emerging competitive Ghanaian brands while matching corporate Ghana with pool of high-caliber skilled entry-mid level professionals overseas as well as creating a platform for investors in search of business opportunities in Africa.
“Part of our strategic plan, especially towards expansion is to fish out well-motivated, good attitude and high caliber staff to drive our Africa agenda. Remember, we also plan to create jobs for I million African youth in the next four years, and we are excited to walk the talk. I am thrilled by the profile of individuals who approached our desk”, said Samlara Baah, Rlg Human Resources Manager for Africa who leads the recruitment team.
Chief Executive of Rlg, Roland Agambire who spoke on “Ghana’s technological services industry, future trends and manpower needs” at the fair said the only way to attain a meaningful accelerated growth will be through investment in human factor.
He said given the continent’s current industrial and infrastructural deficits, “development ought to be sped up.”
The Managing Director of State Housing Company, Dr. Mark Ankrah said 1.7 million housing units were urgently needed to solve the country’s housing challenges.
He said until pragmatic interventions are taken, bad housing will continue to compromise the development of the people.
Ghana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Prof. Kwaku Danso-Boafo announced 40 companies and 400 individuals have registered with the Ghana Professional Skills Database since it was set up by the mission early this year.
He reiterated the commitment of government to solve youth unemployment challenges. Other speakers at the fair included the Deputy Managing Director of UT Bank, Pearl Esuah-Mensah; Founder and CEO of Homestrings, Eric Vincent-Guichard; CEO of UBA Capital Europe, Ebele Edwin Ogbue; Frank Evans Anderson of the NFDP Ltd and Dentaa Amoateng, Founder of the GUBA Awards.
The organizers, Network for Diaspora Professionals Ltd plans to hold similar fairs in major cities across Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa including Ghana.