The Federal Government has directed all foreigners in the country to register with the Nigerian Immigration Service within six months under the migrant e-registration program of the agency.
Handing down the directive during the inauguration of the migrant e-registration and passport application processing center at the NIS Headquarters, Abuja, on Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari, stated that any alien who failed to comply would be declared an illegal migrant.
Buhari, represented at the event by Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, explained that the e-registration would aid internal monitoring and integration while enhancing national security.
He assured the international community that his government was committed to the protection of the rights of migrants, adding, however, that it also has the responsibility to know them and identify what they do for a living.
The Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, pointed out that the migrant registration, like the passport, “will be linked with national identity eco-system to generate a unique number that will eventually connect to all identity system in Nigeria.”
While calling on stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition and prevent scarcity, Babandede said the NIS would be the greatest beneficiary of the planned local production of passport booklets by the Nigeria Security, Printing and Minting Company.