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COMPTROLLER GENRAL OF
IMMIGRATION GIVES ASSURANCE ON SMOOTH IMPLEMENTATION OF
ECOWAS PROTOCOL ON FREE MOVEMENT.
The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr.
Chukwurah Udeh OFR has said that his Service is poised to
address the issue of porosity of Nigeria’s borders. He said
further that it is not enough to admit that “our borders are
porous” but do little to improve the situation.
Consequently, the Nigeria Immigration Service has proffered
a solution which will lead to the building of structured
entry points or autogates at the nation’s borders as a
measure to control migration. This, will be in addition to
the joint border patrol involving Immigration, Customs and
the Police that was inaugurated by the Federal Government of
Nigeria in 2005.
He made this known on a Nigerian Television Authority
Network Programme Tuesday Nite Live on the 6th June, 2006
while assessing 30 years of the existence of the Economic
Community of West Africa State (ECOWAS)
Furthermore, according to the Comptroller General, the NIS
sought and got the approval of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR,
President and Commander-In-Chief of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria to host a conference of all Heads of Immigration
Agencies in the West African sub-region sometime in August,
2006 with the objective to discuss issues bothering on
security in the sub-region, human trafficking, child labour,
ECOWAS Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons, Right of
Residence and Right of Establishment.
Mr. Chukwurah Udeh OFR also said that one of the panaceas to
reduce corruption at our borders as well as ensure the
smooth implementation of the ECOWAS Protocol on free
movement of persons, is to insist that only government
agencies that are statutorily mandated by the Nigerian
constitution and by international convention are posted to
The CG of Immigration and his counterpart in the Nigeria
Customs Service, Mr. Gyang Buba agreed further that the
proliferation of security agencies and checkpoints only
serve the corrupt tendencies of the operatives of these
agencies, as cases that fall within their purview can always
be referred to them as it is done in other countries.
It is note worthy that the Nigeria Immigration Service has
carried out series of reforms since January 2005 aimed at
bringing the operations of the Service in line with modern