The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has called for closure of illegal entry points into the country to curb nefarious activities of some illegal migrants.
The governor made the call while declaring open the 2019 Comptroller-General of Immigration’s Annual Conference in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
Obaseki said Nigeria must join other countries in tightening their porous borders to prevent illegal migration.
He said, “There are about 1, 490 illegal entering points into the country and this is encouraging illegal migration into the country. Some of these illegal migrants commit crimes in the country and even have the Nigeria’s voter cards. It is worthwhile for any country to develop a policy on migration as it is necessary to manage a country’s economy.”
Delivering a paper at the conference, entitled ‘Government’s effort at curtailing irregular migration: The Edo experience,’ the governor said the state was committed to supporting policies aimed at reducing illegal migration.
The governor said youths in the state were being trained and empowered with vocational skills and linked to jobs, while the basic education sector had been reformed to discourage citizens from embarking on illegal migration.
Earlier, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said the Federal Government was working towards the introduction of a better technology for the issuance of the Nigeria passport such that there would not be physical contact between the passport seeker and provider.
Aregbesola said the new method of issuance would reduce fraud in the system.
The Comptroller General, NIS, Muhammad Babandede, commended the Edo State Government for its efforts and commitment in the fight against human trafficking in the state.