The Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) in conjunction with other strategic partners will host a national migration summit at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja on February 9
Some of the organisations already invited to feature at the event according to a statement signed by the President of JIFORM, Dr. Ajibola Abayomi include : the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NiDOE), embassies and others.
A statement signed and made available to the media by Ajibola, said the summit with the theme, “Irregular Migration: The Missing Links and The Remedy” was aimed at deepening the efforts to improve migration policies in Nigeria and improve the capacity building of the media and other stakeholders.
“We are concerned about the need to further engage the public and the government on migration matters and make interventions where necessary for all of us to be on the same page. We cannot pretend that issues of human trafficking, irregular migration and others are not with us.
“On these challenges we must reason together on how to stop these and cater for vulnerable ones among us without playing to the gallery. There is a need for us to have the understanding about the laws and how to evolve opportunities to better the lots of our people through the positive sides of migration. JIFORM is ready to work with every concerned organisation” Ajibola said.
Organisations listed as partners are : Diaspora Innovation Institute (DII), Nigeria Project 4040, Home For the Needy, Edo State (HFTN) and Initiative for Youth Awareness on Migration Immigration Development and Reintegration (IYAMIDR).
Expected at the event are : media, government agencies and non-governmental agencies, embassies, students, civil society, security agencies and others.
JIFORM is a non-profit body comprising over 300 journalists and other volunteers across the continents covering migration matters.
JIFORM since 2019, has become a major force organising a series of local and international capacity building for journalists and other stakeholders.
In 2021, it initiated the annual African Migration Summit held in Ghana in partnership with Nekotech Center of Excellence, Accra, the West African Media Migration Summit in Lome, Togo and held its 3rd Global Migration Summit in Toronto, Canada in October, 2022.
The body in collaboration with the City University, New York City, US between November 2-4, in Brooklyn hosted the international migration summit.