As part of the project, Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM) which is funded by European Union, the International and Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP) organized a two-day training for some Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) senior officers on Immigration Legislation and Act.
Mr Rafael-Rios Molina, the team leader of A-TIPSOM project, spoke at the opening session of the training held on Tuesday, 8th December 2020 in Abuja.
Molina said that the training was to provide better understanding of NIS Act 2015 and update the officers about the legislation the immigration service was working with.
According to him, the agency must provide the best of its services and needs to know exactly what the law says, and work with such provisions.
He said: “we have work together for some years now and we have decided in our working plan to make this update of the legislation to officers of the service to guide them.
The team leader noted that the aim of A-TIPSOM project was to reduce trafficking in Nigeria, and that the project work in different capacity to provide assistant to immigration service and other agencies.
Mr Muhammad Babandede, NIS Comptroller General, acknowledged FIIAPP and commended European Union for providing the opportunity and urged officers to take advantage to further their knowledge on the provision of the immigration Act 2015
Babandede also called on the officers to get familiar with the Immigration Regulations 2017, as it relates to Smuggling of Migrants (SOM), Trafficking In Persons (TIP) and allied matters.
He said that the training was in consonance with NIS efforts of continuing education, training and capacity building of officers to keep them in tandem with good standards in migration management.
The NIS boss acknowledged the training facilitators who were drawn from the service legal unit, for bearing the responsibility of facilitating the programme.
He advised participants to cover anti-human trafficking manual for criminal justice practitioners; UN New Yolk, 2009 and basic training manual on investigation and prosecution of migrant smuggling funded by EU
He said that the service has made some tremendous progress in the areas of strengthening security at the border post and at the Airport.
“Nigeria government has approved under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, a temporary passport that will be issued to irregular Nigerian migrants returning home from abroad.
“We will be giving a temporary passport to Nigerians who have stayed irregularly abroad, or those who have been sentenced for commission of crimes abroad and have completed their punishment.
“The Emergency Travel Certificate issued to these people by our mission abroad has no biometric capture. It is just a paper; this document is a huge threat to national security of the country.
“The temporary passport will be issued in line with the biometric data of the person which the passport was initially given to; the passport will be launched in a four-page passport document and it is for only returnee into Nigeria,” Babandede said.
Also, according to the A-TIPSOM Project officer on Governance, Mr. Omotosho Bello, the training is aimed at acquainting participants with the provisions of the Immigration Act, 2015 and Immigration Regulations, 2017 as it relates to Migration and Smuggling of Migrants.