Abuja - The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), with the support of IOM, the International Organization for Migration, organized a one-day sensitization and awareness meeting on the NIS training curriculum for the Personnel Training Resource Centers (PTRCs) and strategy on free movement and migration management. Over one hundred of NIS’ top management from the thirty-six State Commands and five specialized training institutions participated in the meeting at the NIS headquarters. The attendees also comprised of representatives from IOM Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Directorate of Free Movement.
The purpose of the meeting was to sensitize NIS top management on the training curriculum and current trends on free movement and migration resulting in the ownership of the training curriculum by NIS.
In his welcome remarks, NIS Comptroller General of Immigration (CGI) Muhammad Babandede MFR acknowledged the presence of NIS senior officers, IOM Nigeria and ECOWAS. He expressed his appreciation for the partnership with IOM Nigeria in the development of the training curriculum and strategy and their support in making migration “safer, orderly and beneficial” for migrants and host countries.
As part of the NIS Training Strategy, developed in 2014, a training curriculum for the PTRCs was developed to enhance the capacity of NIS officers across Nigeria and to provide the essential baseline knowledge training to effectively perform their duties. This programme is implemented by IOM within the framework of the NIS Training Strategy Implementation (TSI) project; a project funded by the Government of Netherlands, the Government of Switzerland and GIZ. The goal of the project is to enhance the quality of service rendered by NIS border officers and managers regarding issues with migration and underscore the need to improve and monitor border security and management. This component welcomed the collaboration of IOM’s European Union (EU) and ECOWAS Commission funded project, “Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa (FMM West Africa).”
NIS Assistant Comptroller General (ACG), Marine Directorate, Funke C. Adeuyi emphasized that the training curriculum will not replace the existing NIS training curriculum but rather set the standard for how it can be improved and be beneficial for all current and incoming NIS officers. “The commitment of NIS to its officers’ professional development means that we must be willing to be teachable,” continued ACG F.C. Adeuyi.
The meeting paved the way for presentations and active dialogue on the NIS TSI program, development of the training curriculum and its modules, the placement and construction sites of pilot PTRCs and on-the-job experiences, as well as on ECOWAS regional instruments on migration.
In his closing remarks, CGI Muhammad Babandede stated his intention to build a PTRC in every state command in Nigeria and expressed his support to the free movement of migrants and Nigerians. He later advised NIS officers to fully adopt the training curriculum and support free movement as he believes that Africans are one and all the same.
The high attendance and full participation of NIS senior officers, IOM Nigeria and ECOWAS Directorate of Free Movement was deemed a success and underscored the NIS’ commitment to ensuring that all of its officers are equipped with the pertinent knowledge to perform their duties and help facilitate and management free movement and migration in Nigeria and the ECOWAS region.
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