The Federal Government of Nigeria has granted all foreigners in the country 6months amnesty, within which they must register with the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) under the migrant e-registration programme of the agency.
This was declared by the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha who represented President Muhammadu Buhari the inauguration of the migrant e-registration and passport application processing centre at the NIS Headquarters, Abuja, today.
He stated that any foreign national who failed to comply would be declared an illegal migrant, explaining that the e-registration would aid internal monitoring and integration while enhancing national security.
Mustapha assured the international community that the Buhari-led government is committed to protecting the rights of migrants, adding, however, that it also has the responsibility to know them and identify what they do for a living.
“It is on this note that I am declaring a six-month amnesty period for irregular migrants already in the country to submit themselves to the Nigeria Immigration Service for the purpose of this registration which will be carried out without any payment or penalties.” he said.
He further stated that the Government had approved a comprehensive passport reform aimed at enhancing the country’s identity management, among other things.