BUHARI CALLS FOR INTER-AGENCY COOPERATION TO TACKLE TRANS-BORDER CRIMES
President Muhammadu Buhari has called for cooperation among the relevant security agencies of government for more effective management of migration in Nigeria.
The President, who was represented by the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd), made this call at the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) 2016 Comptroller General’s Annual Conference and Stakeholders Interactive Forum in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
He also stressed the need for real-timeintelligence sharing among the agencies for them to succeed in their singular and collective functions in protecting the nation’s border, for, according to him, “effective border security and management must be intelligence-driven”.
President Buhari encouraged the agencies to expand their scope of cooperation to include other agencies or institutions outside of the armed outfits, such as the academics, clerics, community leaders and the media.
The President directed the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to increase its effort in tackling the challenges posed by irregular migration and other forms of trans-border crimes, including arms-smuggling, human trafficking, drug-trafficking and terrorism.
He assured the NIS of the support of the Federal Government, and charged the officers and men to discharge their duties transparently, with a high sense of professionalism and in line with international best practices.
The President enjoined them to always carry out their functions within the ambits of the law, adding that “as the gate-keepers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, you must shun all forms of corrupt and sharp practices capable of impugning on our national image.”
He commended the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), and the management of the Nigeria Immigration Service for their collective efforts in advancing the management of migration in Nigeria.
On his part, the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd), represented by the Permanent Secretary, Bassey Okon Akpanyung, stated that the conference would provide the opportunity “to critically examine the role of the Nigerai Immigration Service (NIS) in the security architecture of the nation and as a vital tool for national development”
The Minister noted that the conference would equally provide an “avenue for appraising the activities and operations of the NIS over the years with a view to fashioning out a pragmatic blueprint for better management of migration in line with global best practices.”
In a welcome address, the Governor of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura, represented by his deputy, Silas Ali Agara, underscored the importance of the conference and noted that “international migration, which is a trans-national phenomenon, presents major policies and opportunities for governments and stakeholders in all regions of the world.”
Governor Al-Makura called for “greater synergy between the NIS and embassies of other countries with a view to creating more scrutiny in the process of issuance of visas to both citizens and other nationals applying to enter Nigeria. “He called on the NIS to “fashion out ways of curbing free entry and exit into Nigeria”
In an introductory remark, the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Martins Abeshi, stated that the management is making “frantic efforts with a view to revamping the Immigration Divisional offices in the 774 Local Government Areas so as to make them more functional.”
The two-day conference, which draws participants from stakeholders across the federation, has as its theme: Migration Management in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges. A communiqué is expected at the end of the meeting.
Honourable Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd), CFR, PhD; Presenting President Muhammadu Buhari’s address at the conference
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Bassey Okon Akpanyung, presenting the address of Honourable Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd), CFR, PhD at the conference
The Comptroller-General of Immigration, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Martin Kure Abeshi