Migration Management has been identified as one of focal points of development of the economy by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).
This was the position of the National Public Relations Officer of the NIS, Deputy Comptroller Sunday James while delivering a presentation during the global online summit organised by Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) on Thursday.
Ajibola Abayomi, the President of JIFORM in his speech thanked the NIS and other agencies for working with the journalists foundation to champion advocacy against irregular migration and human trafficking over the years.
He praised the NIS image maker for his selfless service and commitment to initiate migration education programmes for journalists across the world both as writer, author and resource persons.
Delivering a lecture titled Migration Management and the Economy: The Role of the NIS The, James said migration management has a lot to contribute to the economic development and prosperity of nations either in the form of Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs).
He however was quick to state that that the reverse was for nations that closed its borders against regular migration especially “conservative policy and self isolated nations that does not relate in terms of economy with others.
“They may survive but with little or no developments, considering globalization that has turned the world to a global village, a circumstance where anything that happens elsewhere reverberates in other nations either for good or bad.
“Migration Management and the Economy: The Role of the NIS The thematic topic is apt and timely considering the state of the nation, pre and post Covid-19 period.
“As season journalists many with nothing less than 10years and above practicing active Journalism, we all know the statutory roles of the NIS and we all know from our secondary school days what Economics is as the Science of Commerce and appropriation of money for profit and economic prosperity in the human community.
“Migration management remains the core operational assignment of migration managers all over the world which includes the following and not limited to them, Nigeria Immigration Service lead agency, NAPTIP in charge of an arm of migration which has to do with Trafficking in person.
“International bodies like the International Organization for Migration (IOM), EUROPOL, INTERPOL and other international organizations and professional bodies saddled with migration management, Nigeria Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) to the Nigerian government liaise between the government of Nigeria and Nigerians in the Diaspora for their well-being, welfare outside Nigeria, and their possible return in case of eventualities that threatens life and their peaceful and safe survival outside Nigeria” he noted.