Updated: FG issues six-month ultimatum to migrants to register

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The Federal Government Friday, handed down a six-month ultimatum to migrants across the country, to register.

The e-registration is for aliens, who have spent a period exceeding ninety days in the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari announced the period of “amnesty” for the free registration at the commissioning of the Migrant e-Registration,

and Passport Application Processing Centre, at the Nigeria Immigration Service’s headquarters in Abuja.

The President, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, said that the establishment of the centres, would enhance national security, while ensuring national development

The migrants’ e-registration will enable government access to statistics of migrants across the country, even as the Passport Application Processing Centre, aims to harness accurate data of citizens.

“I am delighted to witness this occasion of the commissioning of the Migrant e-Registration and Passport Application Processing Centre, established by the Nigeria Immigration Service. These centres are significant to our drive for robust internal security and national development”, Buhari said.

According to him:   “Today’ event reflects Government’s deliberate commitment to harnessing accurate data of its citizens and statistics of migrants especially those who wish to stay beyond 90 days within the shores of Nigeria.

“While the Migrant e-Registration Centre will collate and store data of non-Nigerians within our shore, the Passport Application Processing Centre on the other hand will provide improved issuance of passport and eliminate touting as well as corruption in line with this Government’s Policy on Ease of Doing Business. Thus, promoting transparency and efficiency in service delivery.

“The Migrant e-Registration Centre after commissioning will flag off the e-registration of all migrants in Nigeria to aid internal monitoring and integration. I therefore wish to assure the International Community that we are committed to promoting the fundamental human rights … Read More...