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NIgeria sleeps, snores as the world celebrates Migrants Day

The world yesterday, December 18, 2019, celebrated the International Migrants Day with stakeholders across the globe speaking on the subject matter especially as it affects their nationals.

But Nigeria which is bedeviled by the menace of irregular migration did nothing to speak to the citizens on the dangers of irregular migration and how they can travel abroad and still keep their dignity intact.

Checks on Twitter handle of major government organizations responsible for migration issues revealed that none of them made any comment about the subject matter yesterday and even today.

A check on the twitter handle of the Senior Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Diaspora Matters, Abike Dabiri Erewa shows she posted nothing about the event yesterday and not even today.

The post on her twitter account today has nothing to do with the event. It reads: “I received Ambassador Harry Van Dijk, Netherland Ambassador to Nigeria alongside Ceciel Groot, First Secretary, Embassy of the Netherlands in Nigeria , his first official visit after presenting his credence letter to ⁦@MBuhari⁩. We plan to partner on diaspora issues”

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The twitter handle of National Orientation Agency, NOA, that ought to be at the forefront of using the opportunity provided by the celebration yesterday to educate Nigerians about the hazzards of irregular migration was also blank yesterday.
No effort was even made to speak about the event today.

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The tweet on the NOA handle today has no relevance to the event yesterday. It reads: “NOA, @ICPC_PE are currently in partnership with a view to actively involving citizens in constituency projects processes for whom the projects have been facilitated by their respective lawmakers. There is a need for citizens to own these projects.”

The Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, also saw no reason to comment on the event. The NIS was simply concerned with it’s new office complex and not one of its primary functions.
A tweet by the NIS yesterday reads: “CGI Babandede MFR commissions a new Office Complex for the Zamfara State Command in Gusau.

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The CGI was represented at the event by the Zonal Coordinator of Zone “B”, ACG AM Muhammad mni. This is coming few weeks after the unveiling of the Akwa Ibom Command Complex”

NAPTIP, the anti Human Trafficking Agency set up by government of Nigeria to combat the scourge since August 2003 didn’t fare better. While it failed to comment on the event yesterday, the agency only retweeted a post message by WOTCLEF: “In continuation, WOTCLEF and other CSOs join The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons to Mark The 2019 International Migrants Day with the theme Localizing the…”

Questions on the lips of many stakeholders are what the government agencies are actually doing with the funds given to them for what they are supposed to be doing.

How much does Nigerian government actually release for migration related cases?

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IOM launches open South America portal

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Buenos Aires – IOM, the International Organization for Migration, this week launched the Open South America Portal, a web platform providing migrants and stakeholders in the region with access to reliable and timely information on human mobility restrictions and health and safety measures adopted by governments in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Open South America, available in SpanishEnglish and Portuguese, shares official information by country on the latest measures, including border restrictions, quarantine requirements and COVID-19 tests for migrants and travellers.

The portal also provides updated information on authorized entry points and key places for travellers and migrants, such as consulates, migrant care and health centres, airports, border crossings points and ports. This information can be explored through an interactive map.

The platform, funded by the IOM Development Fund, is also accessible to vulnerable migrants who may be stranded or are at risk of receiving misinformation on migration.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, South America has been one of the most impacted regions worldwide. According to the World Health Organization figures, as of 8 July 2021 there were 33,475,765 COVID-19 cumulative cases in the region, which represents 89 per cent of the total cases in Latin America, and 18 per cent of all infections recorded globally.

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Countries such as Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador all experienced severe outbreaks. For example, Brazil currently reports the third highest number of cumulative cases (18,855,015) and second highest death toll (526,892) globally.

“Open South America will facilitate orderly, regular and responsible migration in South America amid the uncertain times of COVID-19 and after the pandemic,” said Minister Ana Laura Cachaza, General Director of Consular Affairs of the Government of Argentina.

“Migrants’ access to up-to-date information through innovative online tools is essential considering the changing migration dynamic in the region due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Marcelo Pisani, IOM Regional Director for South America.

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29,000 Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalians, other Africans migrated through the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in 2021 —IOM

The International Organisation for Migration has said that 29,000 individuals including Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalians and other Africans have emigrated to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea this year.

About 13,000 were arrested by the coast guards and returned home while 761 migrants were said to have perished in the sea.

Disclosing this to journalists in Abuja on Friday, the Chief of Mission, IOM Nigeria, Mr Franz Celestin, said less than five per cent of migrants usually made it to Europe, adding that the vast majority stay in Africa.

He further said that a lot of migrants were trafficked within the Economic Community of West African States, adding that Mali was the number one destination point for trafficked Nigerian women.

Responding to questions on the number of people who have undertaken the perilous trip to Europe through the Mediterranean, the IOM Chief said, “A combination of unemployment and underemployment is pushing people to migrate.

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“In this year, 29,000 migrants from Sub-Sahara Africa have migrated to Europe through the Mediterranean. About 13,000 were intercepted by the coastguard while 761 died.”

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Celestin stressed the importance of tackling human trafficking which he said grossed about $150 billion annually.

“Traffickers make a lot of money and they would continue to do it until a coordinated response is evolved to stop them. We are collaborating with Interpol in this respect; we are connected to the Interpol i/247 database. We connected the MIDAS to the Interpol database where we pass the information on traffickers to the Interpol,” he stated.

Celestin explained that the IOM has been involved in the biometric registration of children in the North-East, noting that the agency has registered no fewer than 17,053 children in 18 different internally displaced person camps between 2019 and May 2021 in Borno State.

The agency chief also disclosed that IOM was involved in the G7 Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Compact for North-East.

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FG condemns killing of Nigerian footballer in UK

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The Federal government has condemned the alleged killing of a Nigerian Footballer, Kelvin Igweani, by the UK police.

Recall that Igweani, a Nigerian Footballer, was shot dead by officers, who attended a call out to a house, where a child was found with serious injuries.

Reacting, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), in Abuja on Wednesday described the incident as very unfortunate,and sad.

Dabiri-Erewa condoled with the family of the deceased and the Nigerian communities in the UK while praying that God grants rest to the soul of the departed.

“We call on the UK government for a thorough and proper investigation to be carried out on the incident,” the statement added.

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