Anambra State Government says the e-registration of migrants in the state will enhance effective monitoring and control of foreigners in the state.
“This will help all security agencies and institutions involved in migration management to monitor and coordinate their activities,’’ Gov. Willie Obiano said at the State Command Headquarters, Immigration Service, Awka.
The Governor was represented at the event by Secretary to State Government (SSG), Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu.
“This will help the state to know those that are illegal migrants in the state, what they do, so as to help to fish out those that are criminals among them.’’
The Governor called on landlords/owners of premises that were accommodating migrants, like Hotels, Guest Houses, employers of expatriates, traditional rulers, market/traders associations, President’s General of Town Unions and academic institutions with foreign students to ensure that such migrants comply with provisions of immigration regulations.
Controller of Immigration, Anambra State Command, Mrs Tochukwu Agwai said that President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier in the year inaugurated the exercise in Abuja.
“He declared a period of amnesty to all migrants, expected end by January 2020 to enable them to present themselves for the e-Registration,’’ she said..
According to her a robust data to be generated from the exercise will be linked to Interpol data base as part of an international collaboration, recommended by the National Migration Policy.
This is to combat irregular migration and attendant challenges to the security of the nation.