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Intending Migrants Told A Dash into Unknown Territory Spells Doom

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Intending Migrants Told A Dash into Unknown Territory Spells Doom

By: Michael Mike

Nigerians have been advised to take time out to learn about the country they may be planning to migrate to as a dash into an unknown territory could spell doom and further set the migrant back.

Legal migration pathway was at the front burner of discussion at the two days seminar organised by European Union (EU) in collaboration with International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) to curb the excesses of irregular migration as well as orientate those who have intention of migrating to Europe.

The resource person at the seminar , Comrade Ositadinmma Osemene said: “For someone to migrate legally, you need to know and understand the principle and regulations of the country you want go to, as we all know that different country have different policies and guidelines that guide the migrant. So If you are migrating, first things you should have in mind is the migration policy of the country you’re going and the directives.

“Like EU they have seven directives pathway policies that covered EU countries and the opportunities that migrant can tap into which will give them guarantee of living in any of EU countries.”

He added that: “If you understand over the period of years, we have been talking about issues of irregular migration, Human Trafficking Prevention people have been campaigning and yet you will see increase in irregular migration, people still embark on dangerous journey, people still acquire fake documents, people still get deceived by traveling agents instead of giving them visa for stay, they give them visa for visiting or tourist. So you will now find out that there is a vacuum in providing the real information about what you need to know before you can acquire this and travel to these countries.

“And these things you need to know are to be provided by the countries that you are going to, not by Nigeria, or not by the third countries, as being pronounced by EU countries. So the EU countries now have come up with this programme, a seminar on legal pathway to regular migration. And they have come up by giving us and providing us the general framework and also providing us with the directives, these directives are those requirements, those policies, those articles that you need to look at what is involved.”

Osemewe further explained the need to follow these seven pathways as it applies to the migrant. And they are, family reunification, employment as seasonal workers, intra cooperative transfer, au pairs, long term mobility permit, single permit and researcher/student directives.

He added that: “Even though you are a regular migrant there are criteria you will need to meet up with either you want to extend your stay or apply for any of these legal migration pathway. The benefit of this to the society at large is that, if you are willing or going to “JAPPA” you will be well informed, it will also enable you to follow the right way as the case may be”.

The seminar which includes twenty five selected members of the civil society organisations (CSOs) in all six geo political zone in Nigeria in partnership with FIIAPP are given mandates to disseminate this information to the grassroot and is expected to yield positive impacts.

The objective of the seminar is to concentrate on stepping it down to the local community, so that everyone will be aware of the danger of irregular migration and the opportunities that are available in case you are planning to travel to any of EU countries.

One of the participants , Mr Samuel Orovwuje, who spoke to journalists, said that: “One of the challenges in migration and development is that people don’t have sufficient information that will prepare them to use the normal channel. So, this opportunity of migrants save for legal migration is a welcome development and we think we can exploit this opportunity to improve on migration to Europe, particularly the European Union.

“But what is key from this seminar is that you have legal migration pathway that helps you to properly migrate to Europe, and that we have to reduce the negative impacts of irregular migration”.

An expert migration matters, Dr Tola Winjobi, in a comment, said government needs to pay a major role to dissuade members of the public from irregular migration.

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Nigeria Commiserates with Tanzania Over the Pssing of Former President Ali Hassan Nwinyi

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Nigeria Commiserates with Tanzania Over the Pssing of Former President Ali Hassan Nwinyi

By: Michael Mike

The Federal Government of Nigeria has commiserated with the Government and People of the United Republic of Tanzania over the passing of former President Ali Hassan Mwinyi.

The former President died on Thursday. He would be remembered as
an African Elder Statesman, who was an astute and influential politician that contributed significantly to laying the foundation for Tanzania’s economic development.

A statement signed by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Francisca Omayuli on Friday said: “Nigeria stands with Tanzania in this period of grief. May the soul of the departed former President rest in peace and may God grant the bereaved family, the Government and the good people of the United Republic of Tanzania the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

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Youth are vital to sustainable peace, better Nigeria-Prof Usman to Youths

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By: Ladi Dapson

The Borno state government has charged the youths to take the lead in peace building,conflicts management and learn how to be tolerant in respective of faiths and ethicity coloration.

The State Commissioner for Information and Internal Security, Prof Usman Tar made this known during an inaugurating of 100 awardees of yoths as Peace Advocates in Borno State held in Maiduguri.

He urged the youths to take the advantages of their population in Nigeria just like the way China took the advantage of their population and bring some innovation to boast their economy.

“Today we inaugurating the young peace Ambassadors that we will be going into the society tricking down the capacity of peace building and tolerance that we have thought them.

“The outcome of this excise is that we now have critical young mind that will serve as ambassadors of peace go out and target specific community as well as teach the art of peace, conflict resolution, conflict management, peace building, and diplomacy.

“So that the society will be more tolerant, more engaging and society will learn to leave side by side with people of all faiths and tendency,”he said.

Earlier, the Founder of Peace Ambassadors Center for Humanitarian Aid and Empowerment, Amb. Ahmed Shehu said youths are critical stakeholders in peace processes, urging the people in the community to identify the youths in their community and give them the necessary support.

“As a civil society, we thought we have to play our role towards ensuring we have a stable society.

“What we observed in these efforts is that a critical element is missing. This is the youth groups and we thought why can’t we come up with an initiative where we build the capacity of the youth and make them youth advocates and unleash them to the society for peacebuilding.

“We carefully selected young people and voices across all sectors, from the media, CSOs and academia. Our dream is you would go back to the community and change the narratives,”Ahmed said.

He was awarded for a responsible media practice and promoting of a culture of peace.

One of recipients of the Peace Advocate Award and Social Media Influencer, Aliyu Mohammed Tong applauded the Peace Ambassadors Center for Humanitarian Aid and Empowerment and partners for finding them worthy of this award after a series of trainings and community engagements.

“As we accepted the award we equally took it as a challenge to positively make an impact in our various communities by stepping down the knowledge we gained on reintegration and sustainable peace.”Aliyu thanked.

Some of the recipients include Mohammed Usman, General Manager of Al-Ansar Radio; Usaman Mohammed, Report with Yerwa Express News; Umaru Kirawa, Correspondent of Newscentral Africa, Zainab Yetunde Adam, Reporter with NTA amongst.

The project was funded by the British Council in partnership with the Borno State Ministry for information and Internal Security and implemented by Peace Ambassadors Centre for Humanitarian Aid and Empowerment.

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New NIS CG Promises Policies Discouraging Illegal Migration, Foster Bilateral Relations

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By: Michael Mike

The newly appointed Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Kemi Nandap has promised to evolve policies that would prevent illegal migration, safeguard the lives of Nigerians and foster positive bilateral relations.

Nandap made the promise on Friday in Abuja during her decoration with her new rank by the Minister of Interior, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo

The Comptroller General, while expressing gratitude to President Bola Tinubu and the Minister of Interior for her new appointment, said: “I extend my sincerest gratitude and profound reverence to His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the trust and confidence placed in me to lead this esteemed organisation. I am very grateful to my Honourable Minister of Interior- Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo-for his vision, meticulous focus, tireless work ethic, and leadership. I must also acknowledge and sincerely thank the Permanent Secretary and the entire Board for their unwavering support and endorsement.”

She added that: “As I step into this role, I want to first assure our fellow Nigerians that I am fully prepared and committed to serving our nation with utmost dedication and integrity. I am not unaware of the socioeconomic challenges and pains facing our beloved country, and I pledge-to use the functions of the Nigerian Immigration Service to alleviate these struggles to the best of our
ability.

“To that end and under the guiding principles of the “Renewed Hope” agenda set forth by his excellency, President Tinubu’s administration, we will strive towards unity, growth and development. We will prioritize the welfare of our immigration officers and enhance the ease and .efficiency of engagement between Nigerian citizens and the Immigration service. We will focus on improving the entry and acclimatization processes for compliant foreigners through various visa and residency programmes.

“Furthermore, we are steadfast in our resolve to strengthen policies to prevent illegal migration, safeguard the lives of our citizens and foster positive bilateral relations. Tightening border security will be our major objective to reduce the porosity of our borders and enhance overall national security.

She added that: “We will strive to implement revenue generation programmes to bolster the economy, contribute to our tax quota, and aid in job creation.

“In addition, we will continue to integrate cutting-edge techology to modernize the Nigerian Immigration Service. Our Honourable minister has demonstrated the power of technology in creating a seamless e-passport system for citizens. We will continue under his aegis to reform the service for greater efficiency and ease.”

Earlier, the Minister of Interior has charged the new CG that it was important that she performs as no excuse for non-performance would be entertained.

He noted that the entire nation is looking up to her to perform and not ready to entertain any excuse.

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