The Nigerian government on Tuesday called for closer examination of the desperate and dangerous journeys across the desert and Mediterranean Sea.
Speaking at a regional conference on migration in West Africa in Abuja, Rauf Aregbesola, Nigeria’s interior minister, said the emergence of governments elected on anti-migrant agenda should also be reviewed to avoid rise of extremism.
Aregbesola also decried the recent attack on migrants in some countries.
“As government, we would continue to provide enabling policy direction, legal frameworks and required resources to ensure that migration in and out of the country is legal, safe and of National interest,” he added.
According to him, Nigeria’s effort at curtailing the menace of irregular migration and supporting better management of migration is notable at regional, continental and international fronts.
He added that treaties, conventions, bilateral and multilateral agreements on migration issues have been signed and ratified in this regard.
“All of these effort attested to the fact that Nigeria is committed to better and safe migration within Nigeria and globally,” Aregbesola said.
The minister said Nigeria had its share of migration challenges affecting security and socioeconomic development.
In his remarks, Birgitt Ory, the German Ambassador to Nigeria, said migration has become an important topic in Germany and Europe.
Ory reiterated Germany’s commitment towards fighting the menace of illegal migration of citizens across the globe.
“I call on relevant stakeholders and government involved in migration management to come together and fight these challenges bedeviling the county,” she said.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Friday said 165 illegal migrants have been voluntarily returned from Libya to Nigeria.
The voluntary return program is carried out by the IOM to arrange the return of illegal migrants stranded in Libya to their countries of origin. Enditem