By Ayodele Abere.
The economic and security situations of Nigeria have forced so many Nigerians that could have been more useful to their father-land out to a foreign land where some of them have little or no knowledge of.
All in the name of let me go and see if I could make a survival there. In making such attempt, many of them have lost their lives while some have been subjected to untold hardship and they couldn’t find their way back home.
It is said that when a dry leaf falls, it’s a warning to the green ones. Does this really mean anything to the immigrants? More numbers of immigrants are being recorded in different countries every day.
The Nigeria Immigration Service, Ekiti State Command, under the watch of Comptroller of the state command, Mrs. IB Dibia, said when it comes to immigration matters, their hands are all on deck to ensure that the command discharges of its duties.
Dibia said this recently when the executive members of the Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN), Ekiti State Chapter, led by Comrade Ayodele Abere, paid a courtesy visit to her in her office in Ado-Ekiti; the state capital.
She made it known that the quality and timely services being rendered in the command especially in the issuance of International Passport, has prompted people from other states to prefer coming down to Ekiti and get their passport done because they would get it immediately it’s being paid for.
Dibia and other management of the command advised OMPAN team to always report verified and authentic news and not just junk as they promised to partner OMPAN where needed.
Regarding the tremendous improvement made so far in the sector, the management of the command appreciated the efforts of their leadership who is passionately driving the process of repositioning the Nigeria Immigration Service to live up to its statutory obligations within Nigeria Security Matrix and as a front line agency for migration management in the country.
In a booklet presented to OMPAN titled: PASSPORT TO SAFE MIGRATION has it that migration has been a constant and influential feature of human history. However, the concept had in recent times gained increased relevance amongst scholars.
As a matter of fact, International Migration has risen towards the top of political agenda in many countries, while equally attracting unprecedented and considerable media attention across the globe.
This is partly because of its inherent risk as well as its benefits, if properly structured. The risk factor had therefore, compelled most countries to develop strategies to promote safe migration, which is known to have great potentials for national development.
It is obvious from the desperation, sheer grit and determination as well as the attendant human tragedies that most migrants do not have adequate information to make informed decisions about the plans to migrate.
The fortitude anchored on certain aspirations or outright ignorance accounts for why many irregular migrants undertake the deadly journey to Europe through Sahara Desert and Mediterranean Sea.
The booklet is a veritable guide to ensure orderly and well managed migration through creation of public awareness on the inherent challenges migrants are likely to face in pursuit of their aspirations, including the prospects for a ‘better life’ in the so called greener pastures abroad.
It is a must for all intending migrants, researchers in the field of Migration Management and the general public which is believed to enrich our search for solutions to the numerous ever increasing challenges faced by Governments, in furtherance of collective efforts towards containing the menace of irregular migration, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons, and their multiplier effect on the society as Nigeria Immigration Service remain committed to the fight against irregular migration in striving to make Nigeria a desired destination for investors, tourists, innovators and highly skilled migrants who will add value the national economy.