The Plateau State Government in North Central Nigeria, has flagged off the e-registration centre for Migrants in the State.
Speaking at the flag off ceremony in Jos the State Capital, Governor of the State, Simon Lalong said the event was initiated by the Federal Government in response to the evolving dynamics of migration in Nigerian and the world at large.
“I am delighted to be here to officially Flag-off the Registration of migrants and commission the e-Registration Centre here at the Plateau State Command of the Nigerian Immigration Service. You will recall that His Excellency, the President and Commander-in-Chief, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR commissioned the migrant e-registration Centre at the Nigeria Immigration Service Headquarters, Abuja on 12th July, 2019.
“He consequently directed that all migrants residing in the country should be registered with the Nigerian Immigration Service within the amnesty period which elapses on the 12th January, 2020. It is therefore a delight for us here in Plateau to join other States in this on-going exercise which falls in the third phase of the scheme,” he said.
Governor Lalong stated that the development is in line with the ongoing reforms of the Nigerian Immigration Service aimed at addressing the security challenges currently facing the country as well as creating a conducive environment for migrants to reside in Nigeria.
“I have been informed that all non-citizens of Nigeria who have attained the age of eighteen (18) years and resident in Nigeria or visitors who intend to stay in Nigeria for a period exceeding 90 days are mandated to enrol in this registration. It has also been explained that people who are either Employed Migrants, Migrant Students, Self Employed Migrants, Migrant Spouses of Nigerians, or Migrant Dependents are expected to be captured during this exercise.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, the importance of this exercise for national security cannot be over-emphasized considering the challenges we face today with cross-border crime, smuggling and general criminality. As a State that has suffered from crises in the recent past, we fully appreciate this exercise and support it because it will help us strengthen the security of our State and the nation at large,” he added.
According to him, Plateau State has the history of harbouring the highest concentration of foreigners in the country because of the natural gift of clement weather, hospitable people, economic opportunities and many tourist attractions. He urged those involved to comply with the stipulated laws.