The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) on Thursday revealed its 2019 National Border Strategy to improve national security while combating insecurity in the country.
Concise News learned that the Comptroller-General of the Service, Muhammad Babandede presented the document in Abuja, with stakeholders in the sector in attendance.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the project was funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
Babandede said that the strategy would also help in contributing to national economic development, reinforcing social harmony and ensuring migrants’ human rights and the protection of vulnerable migrants.
“The NIS National Border Management Strategy (NBMS) 2019 to 2023 articulates a renewed five-year vision and institutional approach to border management in Nigeria.
” This is within the scope of the Nigeria Immigration Service,” Babandede said.”
Babandede explained that when the borders were safe, it would result in a safe nation.
“So the document has addressed the issue of national security, border security and addressed border as a means of trade.
“It will ensure transparency; it will reduce corruption, it will help to ensure that human rights are protected and we will ensure that smugglers and traffickers are not allowed to leave or enter our country.”
House Committee Chairman on Interior, Nasir Daura said that the house committee would ensure that the NIS was given the necessary support to ensure smooth implementation of the policy.
He said the document would help to provide the requisite protection that could ensure the respect and dignity of human rights.
” As a committee, we will make the Nigeria Immigration Service more effective by providing the necessary budgetary support to better manage the borders.”
In the same vein, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed said that the effective implementation of the strategy depended on dynamic institutional framework and robust political backing.
She said that the surge in transnational crimes, irregular migration, trafficking, and other illicit activities would be tackled in line with national development goals as contained in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERPG).