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IOM Offers €25,000 For Implementation Of NMP

Posted: Sep 25, 2015 at 12:06 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chibuzor Emejor


International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has offered 25,000 Euros to Nigeria through the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and International Displaced (NCFRMI) for the implementation of Action Plan of the National Migration Policy (NMP) in Nigeria.

At the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) held at the headquarters of NCFRMI in Abuja, the IOM’s Programme Officer Data and Policy, Lily Sanya, also explained that the funds would assist in the implementation Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR) Project in Nigeria.

Sanya explained that AVR Project was designed to facilitate the voluntary return of Nigerians who have been illegal migrants in other countries of the world.

She stated that the funding support would assist in addressing the issue of irregular migration, as Nigerian citizens who have been stranded in other countries would be assisted to set up businesses in Nigeria as part of the measures to re-integrate them into the society.

It would be recalled that the Federal Executive Council in May 2015 had adopted the Action Plan of the National Migration Policy which is expected to be implemented by relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government together with NCFRMI.

She also disclosed that the IOM had earmarked 100, 000Euros for the implementation of the entire project in the country.

According to her, the Action Plan had identified key priority areas which the government would want to implement with the framework of migration governance.

She said the implementation of the programme would end by February 2016.

Also speaking, the Federal Commissioner for NCFRMI, Hadiza Sani Kangiwa, thanked the IOM for the gesture.

Kangiwa said Assisted Voluntary Return has been implemented for some time but it was the Governments of Nigeria and Switzerland that implemented it through some MDAs before it stopped.

She explained that with the funding support, AVR would be institutionalised which would make relevant MDAs to participate.

According to her, “Assisted Voluntary Return is when illegal migrant abroad wish to come home and he or she is assisted to come back home in dignity voluntarily.

“And then when he comes back home, he is reintegrated. You know a few of these migrants have benefitted from that in the first project by the government of Switzerland and some MDAs.

“But now with this project, the National Commission for Refugees wishes to come up with a standard operating procedure manual that will now make it standard that when illegal migrants are deported that they are not confused; you know some even commit suicide, you know they don’t have any other place to go to.

“This is something that the government should be funding, so we are very grateful to the EU and also their partners, the IOM, for making available this funds.”