Migration: EU Invests N125m In Nigerian Border Control Project

Following the illegal movement of foreigners in and out of the country through the porous land borders, the European Union has provided 500,000 euros for the purchase of equipment specifically designed to monitor activities around five border communities.

The project, which is part of the EU Funded National 10th EDF Migration Project in partnership with the Federal Government of Nigeria, is meant for promoting better management of migration in Nigeria and it is being overseen by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

Disclosing this to New Telegraph in Lagos, the Programme Officer, Data and Policy, IOM, Mrs. Lily Sanya, listed the borders as Seme, Dibiya, Kamba, Mfum and Ilela. She said that part of the efforts to control migrants was the setting up of migrant data analysis and solar panel computers at the border locations, adding that the personnel to handle it were being trained overseas.

IOM pointed out that the EU funded national EDF project was of significant size both in terms of scope and complexity. The project has three interrelated components that are in line with the Nigeria Vision 20:2020 with the overall aim of contributing to improved migration governance in Nigeria. The project is jointly implemented by the IOM and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with a focus to manage regular and irregular migration.

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According to the project handlers in a document made available to our correspondent, some of the key activities within the project components focus on building capacity of government officials to collect data, engage diaspora, protect migrants’ rights and welfare, strengthen Civil Society Organisations’ (CSO) involvement in the migration sector, and formulate national-level policy and strategy.

The activities also cover major technical areas such as improvement of border management, migrant screening/holding centres, visa policies and procedures and overall approaches to training of government staff working in these areas.

The document said: “Given its substantive and multi-faceted nature, the project is implemented in close collaboration with several key Nigerian partner agencies, notably: Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity (FMLP), National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), National Population Commission (NPopC), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and Nigeria National Volunteer Service (NNVS).”

It added that the project had supported the review and adoption of two policies on migration by the Federal Executive Council, stressing that the National Policy on Labour Migration and a National Policy on Migration were adopted on October 15, 2014 and May 13, 2015, respectively and were expected to provide coherence in the management of migration in Nigeria. “The implementation of the action plans is expected to contribute to the integration of migration into national development and poverty reduction strategies.

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“Grants of 25,000 euros each have been awarded to four civil society organisations to implement activities aimed at operationalising the policy action plan and raising visibility of the policy among stakeholders. Their implementation complements the National Policy on Migration action plan and also provides information to the National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons on humanitarian issues related to refugees and internally displaced persons,’ the document added.

It further state that the project had supported the establishment of a Technical Working Group (TWG) on migration and development comprising the representatives of MDAs with migration related mandate as well as CSOs and academia.

“The TWG has been a platform for coordination and ensuring coherence in the management of migration related activities in Nigeria because it provides clearer understanding and division of the roles played by government institutions on migration,” the document noted.