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Formulate Policies To Address Migration Challenges, IOM Tells FG

International Organisation for Migration, migration
Posted: Aug 26, 2016 at 7:39 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuzor Emejor



International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has charged the Federal Government to come up with evidence-based policies to address the challenges of migration in the country.

Ms. Enira Krdzalic, Chief of Mission of IOM Nigeria, gave the charge on Wednesday in Abuja during the official presentation of the 2014 National Migration Profile for Nigeria to Mr. Eze Duruiheoma, the Chairman of the National Population Commission.

Krdzalic explained that availability of migration statistics was crucial and strategic to formulation and application of evidence-based policy-making approach to Nigeria as well as mainstreaming migration issues into government plan.

She said that considering the importance of a reliable and up-to-date migration statistics for migration management, the IOM within the framework of the European Union Funded project, the national 10th EDF project, has supported Nigeria to develop key initiatives to strengthen operational framework for improved migration data management.

These initiatives, she said, include “formulation and establishment of a Technical Working Group on Migration Data Management in Nigeria, development of a National Migration Data Management Strategy and signing of Memorandum of Understanding by the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies to facilitate the operationalisation of the strategy,” among others.

Mr. Eze Duruiheoma, the NPC Chairman, said that more countries across the world are daily coming to the realisation of the fact that migration has a profound effect on individual well being and state security and welfare.

Thus, Duruiheoma underscored the need to mainstream migration into the national and development strategies.

Commenting on the National Migration Country Profile of Nigeria presented to the Commission, he expressed optimism that the recommendations would assist tremendously in job creation at both source and destination points of migration.

He said that the document would go a long way in curbing the negative effects of unemployment, which Nigeria has been grappling with.