The Acting Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Isah Idris, said on Monday in Abuja that the service is set to intensify its campaign against irregular migration in border states. He said that after holding sensitization campaigns in Edo, Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states, the organisation will rely on the media to educate more Nigerians on the dangers of irregular migration.
Idris called on journalists to use their journalism skills to inform the public on the ills of irregular migration and investigate where reports are made on irregular migration. He also noted the contributions of journalists in migration management since 2019. The JIFORM Global Summit is scheduled to take place from October 2-14.
Mohammed Babandede, the immediate past CGI, spoke about the need for the media to enlighten the populace about the dangers of irregular migration, TIP and SOM.
Tolulope Olaiya, the Team Leader of the NGC, said the agency would continue to support the JIFORM capacity building initiative for journalists.
Olaiya revealed that between December 2017 and December 2022, the BMZ programme has provided over 282,000 individual support measures to returnees and the local population, provided almost 60,000 individual consultations, placed over 30,000 persons in employment, provided over 42,000 business start-up measures, 133,000 qualification measures, and provided over 1600 psychosocial support services.