Irregular Migration: Babandede Advocates Proper Monitoring,Supervision ,Control Of Voluntary Returnees
The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede has advocated for “proper monitoring, supervision, control activities of voluntary returnees and re-absorb them into the society to balance facilitation and security through internal monitoring mechanism.
This step is to curtail the spate of desperate migration among the Nigerian youths who wants travel abroad irrespective of the risks involved .
This is just as he called on the Federal and State Governments to focus on youths friendly sectors such as ICT, sports, entertainment, hospitality and agriculture.
He advised the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) to privide credit facilities to entrepreneurs and young school leavers.
He spoke in Calabar while delivering a presentation titled, “Exploring Regular Migration/Assisted Voluntary Returnees and Reintegration To Reshape Economy And Human Development” at the just concluded Cross River State Migration summit held on April 22.
Represented by the Comptroller NIS, Cross River State, Ijeoma Emenike, Babandede submitted that these would enhance human capital development and reduce the attraction of “Greener Pastures” and Brain drain.
Emenike noted that there was the need for improved economic status and citizens’ standard of living stating that the illiteracy level of most countries in the West Africa Sub-region is far below the United Nations Standard.
He pointed out that for proper socio-economic and political economic development, government at all levels must provide adequate and affordable education to her citizens.
Dignitaries at the event include :Governor Benedict Ayade represented by Prince Michael NkuAbuo, the Managing Director of the state’s Migration Control Services Agency, Minister for Labour and Employment for State, Chief Festus Keyamo, (SAN) and Chairman Senate Committee , on Foreign Affairs Senator Adamu Mohammad Bulkachuwa.
Orhers are Senior Special Assistant to Oyo State Governor on Diaspora Matters, Bolanle Sarumi Aliyu, President, Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM), Ajibola Abayomi, Principal Special Assistant to the Benue State Governor on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise, Mr Emmanuel U. Doughdough and representative of Obong of Calabar.