Saturday, 26 May 2018

UN Migration Agency trains NIS personnel on data analysis

| 25 May 2018 | Correspondent 

 The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has trained no fewer than 30 Immigration personnel from the Cross River Command on the use of Migrant Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that IOM, a United Nations Migration Agency working in collaboration with the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) held the training in Calabar.

The Comptroller General of NIS, Mr Mohammed Babandede, said that the training was organised to equip NIS personnel on how to capture data of migrants that are coming in and going out of Nigeria.

Babandede, who was represented by Mrs Funke Adeuyi, an Assistant Comptroller General, Abuja, said that NIS was passionate on the capacity building of all its personnel.

According to him, the training would expose the personnel on the use of modern equipment and also expand their capacity building and Information and Communication Technology skills.

``This can be done through collaborative efforts and partnership with agencies who work on promoting better migration management in Nigeria.

``I want to appreciate IOM who has always supported NIS in implementing this vision.

 This training is for all NIS personnel and everybody will be given equal opportunity and exposure'', he said.

The CG said that Cross River Command has been identified as one of the states where the MIDAS training centre would be established, adding that his leadership would fast-track the process.

Miss Ivanka Spadine, Senior Programme Manager of IOM, said that the training was meant to create basic foundation and knowledge for officers and men to conduct their roles efficiently.

Spadine said that part of their visit to the state was to also access the state command and the capacity of its personnel with a view of setting up a training centre in the command.

The state Comptroller of NIS, Mr Felix Uche, thanked the UN agency and the Comptroller General of NIS for initiating the project and choosing Cross River as the pilot state among the six states chosen where training strategy implementation phase 1 would commence.

He explained that the training was part of the  revolution going on in the service. 

"This training would improve the man-power and the capacity building of NIS personnel and its coming at a time where we are having some challenges with some facilities at the sea port.

He appealed to the agency and the NIS to assist the command's shore line office with adequate power supply facilities for the MIDAS equipment, office accommodation, befitting arrival and departure hall for passengers and others.