The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and he National Universities Commission (NUC) have concluded arrangements to jointly establish Migration Institution for West African Countries
The Comptroller General of the Service, Mohammed Babandede, who made this known in Abuja during a meeting with the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, NUC, Professor Abubakar Abdul Rasheed said that the service is partnering with the commission to establish the Institute which will be situated in Toga ,Kebbi State, Nigeria, adding that the institute will also be affiliated to universities in Nigeria and few West African Countries.
He said: “One thing we have to do if we want to develop our country is to develop our intellectual capacity, Our idea to reform the NIS is with the support from the NUC on roadmap to start NIS institute, We are envisaging Migration Institution for West African Countries, Nigeria Immigration is committed to tackling the challenges of Migration management in the west Africa.”
Babandede further added that the Institute will check migration issues and assist all Neighboring countries including French speaking nations in tackling their migration challenges.
“This institution that will be situated in Toga, Kebbi state Nigeria will be an institution that will be affiliated to universities and we realized that for us to succeed on the plan we have to partner with the NUC for guidelines so that we can have an institution that will develop capacity for migration challenges,” he added.
On the Nigeria Immigration new visa policies, the NIS boss emphasized that the service needs to engage intellectuals to develop officers in specific terms.
“We have come to the NUC to see how we can engage intellectuals to develop our officers. If we do this and intellectuals come in, they will train millions of Nigeria and it will automatically develop Nigeria,” Babandede stressed.
Also speaking about the NUC partnership with the Nigeria immigration service, the NUC Executive Secretary said the commission and NIS will work together to promote migration studies in Nigeria and for the whole of West Africa.
He emphasized that the Commission will give intellectual shape to the institute of Migration studies and also will help create high standard dimension to extend the institute to the West Africa Sub region.
He said “our role is to work closely with the NIS to see to the take off of the proposed West Africa institutes for migration management studies that will be based in Tuga, Kebbi state, NUC shall ensure that programs of studies around the migration field is concrete and concretized and we would ensure that credible Professors within and outside Nigeria are brought in preparation for the curriculum that will be thought.”