The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is to partner with the National Universities Commission (NUC) to establish a Migration Institute for countries in the West Africa region.
Comptroller General of the Service, Mohammed Babandede, who stated this in Abuja during a meeting with NUC’s Executive Secretary , Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said the proposed Institute which would be located in Toga , Kebbi State, would also go a long way in repositioning the organisation as well as boosting the fortunes of the country.
His words: “One thing we have to do if we want to develop our country is to develop our intellectual capacity.
“We are envisaging Migration Institution for West African Countries, Nigeria Immigration is committed to tackling the challenges of migration management in West Africa.”
While saying that the Institute would also address migration challenges being faced by neighbouring countries , the NIS boss said the school would be affiliated to universities in the region.
“We realised that for us to succeed on the plan we have to partner with the NUC for guidelines so that we can have an institution that will develop capacity for migration challenges,” he added.
On his part, the NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, assured of the Commission’s readiness to ensure the Institute becomes a success story.
The NUC boss stated that the Commission would give intellectual shape to the Institute of Migration and also help create high standard dimension to extend its programmes to the entire sub-region.
He said, “Our role is to work closely with the NIS to see to the take off of the proposed West Africa Institutes for Migration Management Studies that will be based in Tuga, Kebbi State.
“NUC shall ensure that programmes of studies around the migration field is concrete and concretised and we would ensure that credible professors within and outside Nigeria are brought in preparation for the curriculum that will be taught.”