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When Stakeholders Converged to Strengthen Migration Management

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When Stakeholders Converged to Strengthen Migration Management

Apr 24, 2016 (This Day/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) — Recently, the Nigeria Immigration Service held its 2016 Comptroller General Annual Conference and Stakeholders Interactive Forum in Lafia, Nasarawa State. Yemi Akinsuyi writes on the event which delved into the management of migration in Nigeria.

The Nigeria Immigration ServiceNIS, saddled with the responsibility of the management of migration in the country, is believed to be lagging in this crucial service to the nation. This onerous responsibility affects all areas and aspects of Nigeria. The economy, safety and security, national planning, growth and development, food, to mention but few, are impacted by migration.

Bearing in mind this all-important aspect of the country, stakeholders, led by the Comptroller General of Immigration, Martin Kure Abeshi, the Minister for Interior, retired Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazzau, who also represented President Muhammadu Buhari, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Bassey Okon Ekpanyung, Amb. Maitama Sule, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, Head EU Delegation to Nigeria, Amb. Michael Arrion, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, and a host of others, gathered in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital to brainstorm on how to strengthen migration services.

The event had as its objectives to share knowledge and experience on global best practices in modern migration management, and create a platform for the NIS management to brainstorm and compare notes on the role of the NIS in the security matrix of the country with a view to intensifying efforts towards containing the challenges of trans-border crimes, including terrorism.

It was also to review the activities and operations of the service in view of the recent operational reforms with a view to fashioning out more pragmatic approaches in discharging the NIS mandate, in line with international best practices and sensitize senior officers and strategic stakeholders on the major innovations brought about by the Immigration Act, 2015 as well as mapping out strategies for seamless implementation of the provisions of the new enabling legislation.

The theme of the three-day conference- Migration Management: Prospects and Challenges – and the reactions generated from papers presented among participants attested to the aptness of the subject matter, especially at this particular point in time.

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