Comprehensive migration, visa policies review underway – Minister

IN tune with global standard, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Minister of Interior, has assured Nigerians that the ministry is coming up with a comprehensive review of migration and visa policies with the support of key stakeholders in the country aimed at easing all the processes for Nigerians both at home and abroad.

The minister stated this on Tuesday in Abuja when he received the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who led the management team of the Commission on a courtesy visit .

He said that the ministry was worried about some lopsidedness in some migration, and visa policies which tend to make Nigeria a dumping ground.

The minister said that the review would take cognisance of the principle

of reciprocity in line with international standards.

Tunji-Ojo applauded the efforts of the Commission through the proactive nature of the Chairman, saying NIDCOM has more to offer in the area of welfare for Nigerians in the Diaspora and creating positive image for the country abroad.

The minister, however, shared his concerns about the general challenges

with passport processing, capturing and collection. assuming that

everything possible will be done to make the process more efficient

Earlier, Abike Dabiri-Erewa commended the dynamism brought in by

the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo in improvement on

issuance of passport to Nigerians both home and abroad.

She advocated for more effective passport capturing and collection 

process for Nigerians living abroad.

Dabiri-Erewa, who solicited for a working collaboration with the

ministry while rolling out some of the activities of the Commission

since inception

She listed data mapping of Nigerians in the Diaspora to know the actual number of Nigerians living there, improvement in diaspora remittances,

creating diaspora focal persons, holding annually diaspora day on July

25, Badagry Door of Return, Diaspora Quarterly lecture series, National

Diaspora Investment Summit, Diaspora Investment Trust Fund and many

interventionist programmes for the welfare of Nigerians.

According to the NIDCOM boss, there is urgent need for collaboration and creation of a structural platform to address complex diaspora issues that require coordinated efforts from various Ministries, Departments and Agencies.