The International Journalists Forum for Migration (JIFORM), comprised of over 300 journalists covering migration issues across continents and headquartered in Nigeria, confirmed the notification from the Canadian Embassy in Nigeria and other countries regarding a change of dates for its 3rd Global Migration Summit scheduled for Toronto, Canada.
JIFORM Chairman Dr. Ajibola Abayomi said in a statement on Monday that the event originally scheduled for February 25 to March 6, 2022 would now be held from July 1 to July 10.
“We have to admit that we are in a special season globally which requires strategic planning, caution and patience. We appreciate several calls from eminent personalities from different parts of the world wishing to be updated on the summit. I would like to thank you all for your interest and wish to reiterate our desire to make the event a reality soon,” the statement said.
”Noting the challenges posed by the pandemic including slowing visa issuance to Canadian embassies, he suggested that summit host Abedorc Promotions Inc Canada, owners of Dorc television and radio stations had made representations with the Canadian Embassy regarding the postponement,” the statement said.
” The notification letter dated February 10, 2022 from Abedorc’s CEO, Prince Yinka Farinde, reads: ‘Regarding online temporary visitor visa applications submitted through the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship portal of Canada (IRCC) regarding the theme of the summit: Exploring The Benefits Of Migration Post Covid-19 To Retool Global Economy scheduled for February 25 to March 6, 2022 at Est Hotels in Toronto, we are writing to inform you that the event has been moved from July 1 to July 10, 2022 at the same location.
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“Abedorc Promotions Inc Canada, as the host of the summit, in collaboration with other stakeholders, has reached the decision after careful analysis of the Covid-19 Omicron variant in Canada with a view to allowing more time for authorities to consolidate on various positive measures to further contain the disease, and secondly, coupled with the various updates on visa processing time, as reported on the IRCC portal from November 2021 when invited participants submitted their requests.”
“Following the above, we hereby respectfully request that the new event dates be considered pending the decision on pending applications. We therefore urge you to extend the notification to your other sessions and visa offices.”
“To this end, with regard to the requirements for entry into Canada, all participants invited by the Abedorc promotions from Nigeria and other countries have been formally informed and committed to postpone their arrival and departure to Canada and arriving from Canada on July 1 and 10, 2022 respectively, regardless of earlier dates for the same as indicated in their visa forms.
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”Speakers scheduled for the summit included Canada’s former Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the Honorable Gerry Weiner; Minister of Labor and Social Security, Sierra Leone, Dr Alpha Osman Timbo; Professor Byron Price, Global Director of the Institute for Diaspora and Innovation, City University USA; Regional Director, Asia Migration Forum, Mr. Williams Gois; Member of the African Union Labor Migration Advisory Committee, Dr. Princess Asia Kabuki Ocansey of Ghana.
”In addition to international migration agencies and institutions, other speakers cited were Teresa Jacob, Board Member, Home for the Needy Foundation, Germany; Professor Patrick Lumumba from Kenya; Solomon. In Folorunsho, Chairman Home for the Needy Foundation, Nigeria and Chairman of the Nigerian House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Issues, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, Director of the Asia-Pacific Institute for the Broadcasting Development, Ms. Philomena Gnanapragasam and others.”