The Comptroller General (CG) Nigeria Immigration Service, CG Mohammed Babandede MFR, has said that irregular migration is a threat to national security. He made this remarks while delivering a lecture entitled “Challenges of Modern Migration Management: The role of Nigeria Immigration Service” at the National Defence College (NDC) Nigeria to course 26 participants. He emphasized that receiving countries of irregular migrants would experience criminality and threat to societal culture. The CG also explained the influx of irregular migrants to Libya was as a result of lack of central authority in Libya, where warlords use migrants as an alternative deal in place of oil.
The CG however reiterated, that countries that have consistent irregular migration should provide an enabling environment in terms of good governance, education, job opportunities, basic social amenities amongst others to citizenry. He also explained that migration itself is moving from ones abode to another with the intention to settle, but should be done following the conventional processes of migration.
The CG further explained that migration management is a concept that was developed to help countries maximize the benefits of migration while minimizing the inherent risks. He buttressed, that the result was to create a “triple win” for the originating country, the country of destination and the individual migrants. Additionally, he said the Nigeria Immigration Service is saddled with the responsibility of the management of migration in the country. He said the Immigration Service under his leadership has continued to ensure that no irregular migrant is allowed to remain in the country a day longer than necessary. He however maintained that the service would sustain boarder control in collaboration with security agencies.
Relatively, he asserted that the United Nations estimated that, by December 2017, there were 258 million people living in a country other than their country of birth, which was an increase of 49% since the year 2000. He also analyzed that recipient country of migrants in the developed economies faces perceived political, economic and social problems as a result of migrants.
The Commandant NDC, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo thanked the CG for making time amidst his tight official engagements to deliver the all-important lecture to the participants. He disclosed that the lecture would further broaden the horizon of the participants on the challenges of modern migration management: The role of the Nigeria Immigration Service.
With the desire to contribute towards producing appropriate foreign policy by the relevant stakeholders for the Nigerian nation, National Defence College Nigeria under the auspice of its Commandant, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo is poised to continue making the conduct of foreign policy roundtable a prerequisite. The Commandant revealed this when the Executive Council of the Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria (ARCAN) led by its Chairman, Ambassador John Kayode Shinkaiye paid him a courtesy visit in the College’s Conference Hall.
The Commandant asserted that the Nigerian foreign policy is being misunderstood mostly. He then observed that the foreign policy of other countries as it affects Nigeria should be allowed to determine Nigerian foreign policy as it affects that same country. Rear Admiral Osinowo further asserted that the Nigerian nation at this point in time is in dear need of the knowledge and experiences of the members of ARCAN on foreign policy formulation. “Therefore, your forum should not fail to advise the government as appropriate in terms of foreign policy in its dynamic nature, the world over. We are today getting what we are seeing in the developed world in your forum,” he added.
He reiterated that the College is adding value in capacity building through its Centre for Research and Strategic Studies by conducting relevant researches that are being sponsored by the College in conjunction with other foreign governments, organizations and agencies. He then said, “We shall continue to partner with your forum in that regard. Once again, be reassured of our readiness to work with your forum,” he further said.
While delivering the ARCAN mission address earlier on, Ambassador Shinkaiye traced the history of the Association to 1984 when it was established with its headquarters at Lagos as a non-profit and non-political oriented voluntary forum that was geared towards fostering a resounding foreign policies for the Nigerian nation through advises that may resonate through its members’ knowledge and experiences as retired career ambassadors. It was in this vein, that he disclosed that the body was making deliberate effort to advise the government on the on-going issue of accepting or not accepting Morocco as a member nation of AU. Ambassador Shinkaiye asserted that accepting Morocco as a member nation of the AU may add nothing positive to the Union, rather than to take advantage of the well-organized organization in the AU. “The issue must be properly examined before any decisive resolution is being reached on this matter,” he earnestly advised.
He commended the College for reaching out to many African countries through its geo-strategic regional study tour and expressed hope that the College would continue to maintain relationship with its international participants at all level in the light of encouraging positive foreign relations with other countries as the participating individuals exceeded beyond Africa to Asia and other nations of the world. “More so, we hope that their perception about Nigeria will change positively after staying one year in the country during the duration of the course,” he added further.
Mr Tony Elumelu, the Founder and Chairman of Heirs Holdings has canvassed for the Nigerian Government and private sectors support for the industrialization of the Nigerian Military. He canvassed for the support while fielding questions from journalists immediately after delivering a lecture entitled; Strategic Leadership: My Business Experiences to the participants of Course 26 of National Defence College Nigeria at the Abacha Hall.
In his words, “Not just the private sector but the Nigerian Government, the policy makers and the military need partnership. We need to collaborate and create an enabling environment that will first encourage military industrialization to take off”. He further reiterated that it is inevitable in this 21st Century, for our military might, our intentions and desires to profess being the superpower of Africa and beyond. He then emphasized that this is something we can achieve, but we need all hands to be on deck to actualize this; the government, the military and the private sectors working together by creating enabling environment and supporting researches.
Mr Elumelu remarked that he is not a template person. However, he assured that there are principles that work, like defining a destination, a long time destination and starting to work towards achieving it. In furtherance, Mr Elumelu commended the effort of the Commandant, National Defence College Nigeria, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo in providing the platform for interaction that was geared towards challenging individuals and encouraging researches.
Explaining how lack of strategic leadership is an impediment to poverty eradication, he stated that in spite of what it is being called; lack of good leadership is one of the reasons behind socio-economic challenges. “Call it lack of strategic leadership or lack of purposeful leadership which is one of the reasons we have socio-economic challenges and we need to address this fundamentally”, he advised.
Earlier in his office, Rear Admiral Osinowo while welcoming Mr Elumelu to the College acquainted him with the activities of the College which he described as an apex strategic military training institution not just for Nigeria but the whole of Africa. He explained that the College has participants from Ministries, Departments and Agencies, African Countries and around the World. Moreover, he asserted that the College has the Centre for Research and Strategic Studies, which he said is a strategic based research Centre. In his words, “we also have the Centre for Research and Strategic Studies that engages in strategic research apart from the regular training of participants. In addition, one year research programme is being conducted by the participants”, he further explained.
While giving his remarks immediately after the lecture, the Commandant observed that the lecture was geared towards the socio-economic democratization of not just Nigeria but the whole of Africa. He then commended the guest lecturer for a simple but well delivered intellectual lecture that attracted thought provoking interactive session with the participants.