By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Ogun State Command, said it has registered 11,000 immigrants since the E-Immigration exercise begun in August.
According to NIS, the command had been able to register over 11,000 migrants, adding that the command is aiming to register close to 20,000 migrants before the end of the amnesty period on 11th of January, 2020.
The Controller, NIS, Ogun State Command, Comptroller Doris Braimah, disclosed this in Abeokuta when she played host to the Consul-General of the Ghanaian High Commission and his team in her office.
She said that the command was working round the clock to meet the deadline.
“So far, we’ve registered over eleven thousand migrants in this command and we are still registering.
“Averagely in a day, we do over a hundred and we work even weekends to ensure that we meet up the deadline. We are hoping that before the end of the registration amnesty period that we should be able to have close to twenty thousand migrants registered.
“The exercise would come to an end on the 11th of January, 2020. We are working round the clock in this command and other commands across the country to ensure that we meet the deadline,” she said.
Braimah noted that the major reason why the command was breaking new grounds in the state was as a result of the support the command got from the Ogun State government.
She said that the state governor, Dapo Abiodun has been very supportive.
“The reason why we have recorded lots of success in the state is that our command has a very supportive Chief Executive Officer in person of His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun. He has been very supportive. As far as this Migrant E-registration exercise is concerned, he has given everything possible to ensure that we succeed. I will not leave out my Controller General who is the master planner of this project. He has done so well. He is a dynamic leader and a mentor,” she said.
She also added that the command had been able to register over five hundred Ghanian residents in the state, insisting that only migrants resident in the state would be registered.
In his response, the Consul-General, Ghanian High Commission, Mr. James Nyasembi asked for an extension for some of its people who might not be able to meet up with the deadline for the E-Immigrants registration exercise currently going on in the country.
He commended the Federal government, through the NIS for deeming it fit to include foreign nationals residing in the country in its planning process.
“We also want to state at this point that we have a large number of Ghanaian population in Nigeria across the federation. We don’t have the real estimate but we think we have about 700,000 Ghanaian residing here.
“So, we have a large figure here and also we are aware that this exercise is just about five months or so and looking at the pace of the issuance of the registration. We know there would be a big backlog even at the end of the exercise and we want to use the occasion today to bring to your notice and to plead with you that after the five months, we will still have some people who may not register and we want to use the occasion to request that you still assist them to do the registration,” he said.
Nyasembi said that his visit was a follow up to the E-Immigration exercise that commenced about five months ago.
He added that the embassy in Nigeria has embarked on educating Ghanian citizens residing in the country on the need to key into the programme.
He assured that all Ghanaian nationals without valid means of identification residing in the country would be issued new identity cards to fast track the process.
With the Consul- General was a Ghanaian Minister, Mr. Alex Owiredu Adu; the National President of the Ghanaian Community in Nigeria, Mr. Frank Ekow Quaye; President of the Ghanaian Community in Lagos State, Mr. Augustine Addai Appiah and Mr. Cee Kumi.