NIS officers undergo 3- day training on Immigration Legislation, Act


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) is organizing a three-day training for Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) officers on Immigration Legislation and Act.

Participants are majorly instructors from the various training institutions of Nigeria Immigration Service with a blend of other core officers from the Service Headquarters and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) command.

According to a statement in Abuja on Monday by the Service Public Relations Officer, Mr. Sunday James, they are carefully selected to ensure knowledge gathered is cascaded to other officers of the Service with similar job description.

The aim of the training, the statement said, is to ensure participants have in-depth knowledge of what it entails to deliver on their mandate, taking into cognizance the provisions of the Immigration Act 2015 and the Immigration Regulations 2017 that are key to day to day operational activities of the Service.

The first workshop on Immigration Act 2015 and Immigration Regulations 2017 was held on 8th and 9th December, 2020 for senior officers of the Service and the second workshop scheduled to hold between 18th and 20th January, 2021 is meant to acquaint participants with provisions of the Immigration Act 2015 and the Immigration Regulations 2017 as it relates to migration, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons.

It also aims to update participants’ knowledge on the applicability of the provisions to the day-to-day operations as law enforcement agents for onward transfer to trainees.

Comptroller General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, while presenting his goodwill message as the Guest of Honour, noted the essence of participant’s open mindedness towards assimilating the Immigration Act 2015 and the Immigration Regulations 2017 for the benefit of the Service and the nation in general.

He added that every action taken by an officer of the Service has a way of affecting migration management and control, issuance of visa and regulation of human mobility. He emphasized on the need for skill development in fighting organized crimes like Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and Smuggling of Migrants (SOM).

CGI Babandede thereafter declared the event open, while the A-TIPSON team leader was represented by the project institutional coordinator, Mr. Jose Nsang Andeme.

Photo: Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, MFR.

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