Plans are underway by the Nigeria Immigration Service to establish Migration Institution for West African Countries
The Comptroller General of the Service, Mohammed Babandede made this known in Abuja during a meeting with the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, NUC.
Babandede said that the service was partnering with the Commission to establish the Institute, which will be situated in Toga ,Kebbi State, Nigeria.
He also said that the institute would be affiliated to universities in Nigeria and few West African Countries.
“One thing we have to do if we want to develop our country is to develop our intellectual capacity, Our idea to reform the NIS is with the support from the NUC on roadmap to start NIS institute, We are envisaging Migration Institution for West African Countries, Nigeria Immigration is committed to tackling the challenges of Migration management in west Africa,” the Immigration Comptroller General said.
Babandede said that the Institute would check migration issues and assist all Neighboring countries including French speaking nations in tackling their migration challenges.
“This institution that will be situated in Toga, kebbi state Nigeria will be an institution that will be affiliated to universities and we realised that for us to succeed on the plan we have to partner with the NUC for guidelines, so that we can have an institution that will develop capacity for migration challenges,” he stated.
On the Nigeria Immigration new visa policies, the NIS Boss emphasized that the service needs to engage intellectuals to develop officers in specific terms.
“we have come to the National Universities Commission to see how we can engage intellectuals to develop our officers. If we do this and intellectuals come in,they will train millions of Nigeria and it will automatically develop Nigeria,”Babandede stressed.
Promoting Migration Studies
Speaking on the partnership between the Nigeria Immigration Service and the National Universities Commission, NUC, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed , said the NUC and NIS will work together to promote Migration studies in Nigeria and for the whole of west Africa.
Professor Rasheed emphasized that the Commission will give intellectual shape to the Institute of Migration studies and also will help create high standard dimension to extend the institute to the West Africa Sub region.