AbdulRazaq launches e-registration of immigrants in Kwara
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara on Wednesday launched the electronic registration of non-Nigerians resident in the state, describing the exercise by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), as a key step in national security and socio-economic development.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the pilot programme kicked off in eight Nigerian states and would see NIS officials documenting all non-Nigerians living in the country.
The registration was part of the Immigration Services to keep accurate data and curb crimes in the age of transnational terrorism and other security threats.
AbdulRazaq said the initiative offers an opportunity for effective national security and socio-economic planning, congratulating the NIS for the foresight.
“This is another milestone in our collective efforts to secure our country in this age of transnational terrorism and other crimes that threaten our national security.
“I also see it as an opportunity to properly document people who live within our borders for effective planning, development and mutually beneficial collaborations,” he said.
AbdulRazaq said the programme was to ensure proper registration of migrants in the country.
He said it was also targeted at generating a robust personal profile and electronic biometric database of all foreigners that intend to stay in Nigeria beyond the period of 90 days.
“It is a thing of pride to us that Kwara State is among the eight selected States to pilot this noble scheme.
“I, therefore, call on all migrants in Kwara State to key into this programme by immediately submitting themselves at the Nigerian Immigration Service office in Ilorin, the State Capital, and all designated centres for proper documentation and registration.
“This will help the state to ascertain identities of migrants and what they do. It will also create a strong synergy with migrants who are into legal businesses,” AbdulRazaq said.
He pledged the government’s support for the exercise and urged officers doing the capturing to ensure it was done professionally and in the overall interest of the country.
The state Comptroller of the service, Edith Onyemenam, said the registration was to capture every migrant above 18 years and staying beyond 90 days in Nigeria.
“Basic demographic and biometric details are taken and stored in our system after which such person is given Migrant Identification Number (MIN).
“The Federal Government has graciously granted six months amnesty period to migrants during which they can be registered irrespective of their immigration status.
“Failure to comply will amount to a violation of the Nigerian immigration laws,” she said.
Onyemenam urged sister security agencies to support the NIS in the exercise and called on Nigerians to ensure that foreigners feel welcome in Nigeria.
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