‘11,600 il­le­gal Nige­rian mi­grants are fac­ing repa­tri­a­tion’

• Agency moves to stem trend, part­ner with NOA

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Ter­hemba Daka, Abuja

THE Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Refugees, Mi­grants and In­ter­nally-dis­placed Per­sons (NCFRMI) has said that about 11,600 mi­grants of Nige­rian ori­gin are cur­rently fac­ing repa­tri­a­tion from dif­fer­ent parts of the world.

The Fed­eral Com­mis­sioner for NCFRMI, Mrs. Sadiya Umar-farouk, dis­closed this yes­ter­day when the Vice Pres­i­dent, Prof. Yemi Os­in­bajo, met with heads of Na­tional Agency for the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons (NAPTIP), the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA) and NCFRMI at the State House, Abuja, to re­view the con­di­tion of Nige­rian mi­grants in dif­fer­ent parts of the world.

In his open­ing re­mark be­fore the meet­ing went into a closed-door ses­sion, Os­in­bajo re­called the com­ment of the Pres­i­dent that all Nige­ri­ans stranded in the hos­tile coun­try would be given an op­por­tu­nity to re­turn to the coun­try.

He also re­called the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s com­mit­ment to en­sure that young Nige­ri­ans are no longer ex­posed to dan­ger of wan­der­ing in the desert and even­tual at­tempt to cross the sea.

Os­in­bajo, who said it was nec­es­sary to sen­si­tise young Nige­ri­ans with the dan­ger in­volved in moves to cross the Mediter­ranean Sea af­ter be­ing brain­washed by un­scrupu­lous in­di­vid­u­als, said it had be­come im­per­a­tive for them to re­view the sit­u­a­tion and take a po­si­tion on how to halt the trend. Mean­while, the com­mis­sion has sought part­ner­ship with the Na­tional Ori­en­ta­tion Agency (NOA) to stem the il­le­gal mi­gra­tion of Nige­ri­ans to other coun­tries, es­pe­cially via the deserts and the deadly Mediter­ranean Sea.

Umar-farouk, who led a team of of­fi­cials of the Com­mis­sion to the head­quar­ters of the NOA in Abuja, yes­ter­day, lamented the in­creas­ing num­ber of many Nige­ri­ans who con­tinue to em­bark on dan­ger­ous jour­neys through the deserts and the Mediter­ranean Sea to es­cape per­ceived hard­ship at home.

Farouk, while call­ing for ur­gent col­lab­o­ra­tion with oth­ers stake­hold­ers to ad­dress the is­sues of ir­reg­u­lar mi­gra­tion, de­cried the num­ber of Nige­rian ci­ti­zens cross­ing to Europe.

The CEO said the agency had also be­gun preparation to join the world to mark the In­ter­na­tional Mi­gra­tion Day slated for De­cem­ber 18 for di­a­logue and to high­light the dan­gers of the phe­nom­e­non.

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