FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COMMENDS INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR MIGRATION (IOM) FOR THE REPATRIATION OF STRANDED NIGERIANS ABROAD AND CARE FOR THE VULNERABLE IN THE NORTH EAST

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COMMENDS INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR MIGRATION (IOM) FOR THE REPATRIATION OF STRANDED NIGERIANS ABROAD AND CARE FOR THE VULNERABLE IN THE NORTH EAST

The Federal Government of Nigeria has commended the International Organisation on Migration (IOM) for the repatriation of stranded Nigerians abroad and also the provision of support and care for the vulnerable in the North-East. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mustapha Sulaiman made the statement when he received in audience, a delegation from the International Organisation on Migration led by the IOM Regional Director for West Africa, Mr. Richard Danziger, in his office on Wednesday, 31 July 2019.

The IOM delegation was in the Ministry to intimate the Permanent Secretary on the activities of the organisation which include among others: facilitating the repatriation of stranded Nigerians in Europe and Libya as well as creating reintegration programmes to restart their lives; provision of support for vulnerable Nigerians in the North East with the establishment of 106 camps; collaboration with Government agencies in the area of enlightenment campaigns on irregular migration and capacity building programmes for relevant Government agencies etc. The Head of the Delegation also informed the Permanent Secretary that, whereas majority of Migrants repatriated by IOM falls under the irregular migration category, there are numerous skilled Nigerians living abroad that are contributing immensely to the development of their host countries. In the United States of America for instance, he noted that, the average salary of Nigerian migrants is higher than the average salary of their American counterparts. He added that, the above scenario buttresses the fact that the Nigerian migrants are positive players in the economic sector.

The Permanent Secretary thanked the delegation for their good work in Nigeria and reiterated the commitment of Nigeria to honour its obligations to the Organisation. He also called on the International Organisation for Migration to identify the different categories of migrants, ensure the creation of data base and initiate appropriate strategies to remedy the scourge of migration in the country. Ambassador Mustapha Sulaiman equally assured the delegation that the Ministry was open to new initiatives and would continue to partner with relevant agencies to address the issue of migration to achieve better results.