The federal government has pledged the speedy implementation of the National Migration Policy as soon as it is adopted to harness the opportunities provided by the phenomenon of migration for national development and an equitable society.
The Minister of Special Duties and Inter- Governmental Affairs, Mr. Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, gave the assurance at the opening of the workshop for the validation exercise of the Draft National Immigration Policy in Abuja yesterday where he added that an implementation framework had been developed to make the policy operational once it was endorsed by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
Turaki, who was represented by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Winifred Oyo- Ita, disclosed that the draft policy took into account the provisions and aspirations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) agenda for economic and social integration of the sub-region.
The minister recalled that a draft policy was presented to the FEC in 2010, but it was returned with a directive to the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) to further review its content and incorporate realities and migration dynamics both locally and internationally. “Validation exercise offers the unique opportunity to have a retrospective appraisal of how far we have come in developing a National Migration Policy: our true aspirations for better migration management in Nigeria: our vision to take advantage of the opportunities provided by migration for national development,” he said.
The minister expressed appreciation to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) for the robust implementation of the 10th European Development Fund. The Chief of Mission, IOM, Mr. Martin Ocaga, in his address, said the rationale for the policy was to provide an appropriate framework at the national level to monitor and regulate internal and international migration, provide proper data collection, dissemination and management in areas relating to migration, security and development.
He added that the policy was to ensure adequate capacity building for state and non state actors and stakeholders in the area of migration and border management, ensure decent treatment of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons and their families and contribute to national development and human security.