Delta state government hails Nigeria immigration reforms

Aisha John-Mark, Abuja

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The Delta state government in Southern Nigeria has declared its support to the Nigerian Immigration service on the Migrant e-Registration project.

The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration service, Mr Muhammad Babandede made this known on Tuesday in Asaba, the state capital when he paid a courtesy call on the governor of the state Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, as well as the traditional rulers of the state.

The governor said that it was important for appropriate immigration reforms to be taken for the benefits of Nigerians and the country.

“It is very important both for security purposes and for our population plan for foreigners to be documented because, without appropriate documentation it can impact negatively on the planning for the nation when it comes to taking care of our people.

“So, without the right account of our people, our resources will become depleted and planning will be affected drastically,” Governor Okowa said.

“We must congratulate you on the immigrant reform; I think it is important for us as a nation because you find out that people from other countries just come into our country and settle in any part of the nation.

“They are not documented in any manner and that is not good for a nation because if they commit crimes, they cannot be traced and it is important that even without people committing crime, we should have documentations of foreigners in our country.”

The Asagba of Asaba, His Majesty (Prof)Chile Edozien, CFR, emphasized the roles of Traditional rulers in ensuring Peace, Security and Orderliness in communities for effective governance.

The Comptroller-General also paid homage at the palace of the Olu of Warri, His Royal Majesty Ikenwoli 1, Ogiame Ikenwoli who also gave royal blessing to the Migrant e-registration project emphasising that it is timely and right on time to checkmate irregular entry and activities of clandestine foreigners who might be within the shores of Nigerian and moving freely without check .

Mr. Babandede appreciated governor Okowa and the traditional rulers for their support and also Commissioned Five(5)blocks of Ten rooms Transit Camp in Asaba,a Screening Centre, Fence Work Perimeter to secure landed property of the Nigeria Immigration Service in Asaba and Sapele.