By Philomina Attah
Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Comptroller General Muhammad Babandede called for effective border management structures to tackle cross-border crimes.
Babandede told reporters in Abuja on Tuesday that the irregular movement of people and goods had been the challenge for border security officers.
This, he said, required better migration and border management facilities.
“Almost every country in the world has introduced some form of travel restrictions and strict border controls for both health and safety reasons.
“The NIS has adopted closed border control in the face of the devastating scourge of COVID-19.
“States are faced with how to facilitate the regular migration of people while maintaining a secure border,” he said.
According to him, in 2020, passenger movements across air borders are 1,256,652, and 109,854 across land borders, while seaports recorded 213,161.
He added that the intercepted stowaways were 106.
“The analysis and calculation confirmed that migration remains a global phenomenon that has been driven by push and pull factors amid the coronavirus pandemic which has literally redefined global migration narratives and policy formulations,” did he declare.
Babandede explained that the Service would continue to play the leading role in “border management, migration management and control of human mobility” through the deployment of human capital and technology.
However, he called for inter-agency collaborations for safer migration through bilateral and multilateral cooperation, partnerships, training and retraining of its workforce to ensure a secure border and a secure nation. (NOPE)
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