By Olalekan Olagunju,
The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mohammad Babandede MFR, on Monday declared the full backing of the agency for the Journalists International Forum For Migration, JIFORM, in quest to host international migration conference in Nigeria.
The CGI who received the President of JIFORM at the Headquarters of the NIS in Abuja said the initiative was a welcome development.
“I have been briefed by the Public Relations Officer of the Service, DCI Sunday James whom you have chosen as the chairman Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the event. It is interesting to note that you have over 100 members spread across the continents reporting migration matters.
“NIS will support JIFORM to succeed. Whatever role you want me to play kindly let me know. We shall fully support the conference and I shall be there to participate. As you further the advocacy against irregular migration, we are calling on immigrants in Nigeria to take advantage of the six months amnesty declared by the Federal Government to register through the on-going migrant-e registration.
“Failure to do so, we shall send any immigrant living in Nigeria without relevant documents out of the country, the registration has been done in other parts of the world, therefore we are calling on those concerned to take the oppourtunity to avail us their data. You can see for yourself the turn out of the migrants at our center.”
Ajibola commended the NIS boss for purposeful leadership and digital revolution of the NIS saying the nation’s immigration agency had become a leading light in Africa with tremendous progress.
On the conference, he said JIFORM was mobilising to ensure that all stakeholders across Africa participated at the event to raise the awareness level against irregular migration.
He said time has come for African leaders to create more opportunities for the youths in order to stem the tide of unplanned journey.
According to him, JIFORM was willing to team up with the NIS to promote legal, safe and regular migration as opposed to Nigerians risking their lives through the Mediterranean Sea, desert and other dangerous routes to get to Europe and other continents.