NIGERIA COLLABORATES WITH ITALY ON MIGRATION AND SECURITY
Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd) and Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Fulvio Rustico
The Federal Government is to collaborate with Italy in tackling migration, security and other trans-border challenges.
The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd), made this known when he received the Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Fulvio Rustico, in his office.
He said that proper observance of international rules of migration would eliminate trans-border crimes, as well as human, arms and drug trafficking, and enjoined the Italian government to help in resolving the challenges of illegal migrants, common to both countries.
Gen. Dambazau disclosed that about 22 thousand Nigerians migrate to Italy yearly, noting that Nigeria, being the most populous African country, could export labour if proper rules of migration are complied with.
Earlier, the Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Fulvio Rustico, said his visit to the Ministry, with his country’s Director of Immigration, Dr Vittorio Pisani, was to hold talks with his Nigerian counterpart aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two countries’ Immigration Service.
The Ambassador expressed his country’s willingness to provide an automated biometry system and supply operational vehicles to the Nigeria Immigration Service to boost its operations in the country.
He added that his country had set up a Trust Fund on Immigration issues to train officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service on forensic analysis and policing, and would also set up a criminal data base with the Nigeria Police Force.
Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Fulvio Rustico (Right) and Italian Director of Immigration, Dr Vittorio Pisani
Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd) and Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Fulvio Rustico with the Italian team and Ministry officials