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Nigeria to launch West African migration institute

The Nigeria Immigration Service will partner with the National Universities Commission to establish a migration institute for West African countries.

The West African Institute for Migration Studies will be based in Tuga, Kebbi State, Northern Nigeria. It will study issues related to migrants, including their rights and privileges, Nigeria’s Independent newspaper reports.

Mohammed Baband­ede, the NIS comptroller-general, told a meeting in Abuja on 15 June that the partnership with the NUC will help reform the immigration service. “One thing we have to do if we want to develop our country is to develop our in­tellectual capacity,” he said.

The institute will be affiliated to other universities in West Africa. According to Babandede, it will go a long way in re­positioning the immigration service as well as boosting the economy of the country and the region.

Abubakar Rasheed, the NUC’s execu­tive secretary, told the same meeting that the com­mission would give the institute an intellectual shape along with a high-standard curriculum.

“We [will] en­sure that credible professors within and outside Nigeria are brought [in] in preparation for the curriculum that will be taught,” he said.