NIS begins e-migrant registration in Edo
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Edo State Command, yesterday said that it had kicked off the e-registration exercise of migrants in line with the Federal Government’s directive.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Comptroller, NIS, Edo Command, Mr. Kayode Eniolorunda, who disclosed this during his opening remarks, said that the exercise was imperative to effectively tackle the issues of insecurity in the country.
Besides, he said that the exercise was aimed at documenting the migrants residing in the state and preserved for accessibility and ease of recall and retrieval by all stakeholders within the security circle.
He said that the importance of the exercise could not be over-emphasised with the global phenomenon of migration and its increasing challenges, especially in irregular migration, Smuggling in Persons (SOM) and Trafficking in Persons (TIP).
The comptroller, who stressed that this was in view of the social, economic and political impacts migration challenges would have on the country if not well controlled, further said that the migrant e-registration exercise also formed part of NIS institutional response mechanism to addressing security challenges in the country occasioned by insurgency, banditry and other cross-border crimes.
He said that the expected outcome of the exercise would include facilitating legitimate movement of migrants and countering intelligence from migrants with clandestine motives.
He, therefore, urged migrants in the state to avail themselves of the amnesty window of registration, which would elapse in January.
In his remarks, the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, said that the exercise was long overdue in the state.
Obaseki, represented by Administrator, General and Public Trustee, Mrs. Victoria Adeleye, described the exercise as an all-embracing procedure that would ensure the safety of migrants and citizens of the state.
The governor said that the state government was concerned about the security of residents, adding that the exercise would help to ensure adequate information about migrants.
He further said that the exercise was essential to government and tasked the command to ensure strict compliance.
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