Nigeria Immigration Service Kick-Starts E-Registration Immigrants In Lagos - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE
Says whoever fails to register after six month amnesty will be prosecuted
Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Wednesday officially commenced the e-registration scheme of all migrants residing in Lagos State who have attained the age of 18 years and above, saying this was part of the major reform of the service under the Comptroller- General, Muhammed Babandede, to ensure a complete end- to- end integration of migration management in the country.
This was just as it warned that any immigrant, who continues to reside irregularly in the country by failing to register upon expiration of the six-month amnesty granted by the Federal Government, would run foul of the law and would be punished accordingly.
Comptroller of the service in Lagos, Mr. Ekpedeme King, said this at the commencement of the exercise, which official flag-off was performed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs. Sherifat Folashade Jaji.
King, while speaking at the Ikoyi office of NIS, where the ceremony took place, and attended by leaders of immigrants in the state, noted that the power to carry out the registration exercise was derived from the Immigration Act 2015 and Immigration Regulation 2017 and in tandem with the United Nations Conference at Marrakesh, Morocco in 2018.
According to him, the conference themed: “Global Compact for Migration,” advocated for safe, orderly and regular migration, pointing out that its implementation required a credible, reliable, comprehensive statistics and data on migrants.
He said the global compact demanded that immigrants should furnish the NIS vital information about “how they came into the country, where they reside and what to do.
“Furthermore, the CGI envisages that the e-registration scheme will address some security challenges currently facing the country as well as create a conducive environment for the migrants,” he said.