Abuja – The House of Representatives has declared support for the forthcoming international summit on migration being planned by Journalists International Forum for Migration (JIFORM), the umbrella body of journalists across the continents with passion for migration reporting.
A statement signed by the President of the group, Ajibola Abayomi indicated that, the international summit which has the theme: “Addressing migration menace to re-orientate national value” is scheduled to take place in Abuja between November 25-29, 2019.
While receiving JIFORM at the National Assembly, on Thursday, the Chairman House Committee on Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees, Honourable Umar Mohammad Jega commended the group for its laudable initiative.
He said; “It is a welcome development and the House of Representatives would support without hesitation.
“Every good partnership and initiative to bring about the development of this country, I can assure you will be supported by the House of Representatives. This 9th assembly is committed to progress.
“The conference is a welcome one. Count on our support both at the committee level and the entire 9th Reps. There is a need to speak to the consciousness of the people against human trafficking, irregular migration to bring about peace and crisis resolution as you have stated,” Jega said.
The chairman added that JIFORM should be rest assured that they shall do the needful to make the summit a huge success.
“We are aware of the need to boost the image of the nation through collective efforts to protect our citizens.”
JIFORM President, accompanied by members of the mobilization committee of the association, Adekunle Adeniyi of 99.8 Kiss FM and Idowu Isamotu of Sahel Standard Newspapers both based in Abuja during his speech said, JIFORM was willing to work with the legislature to add value to the quality of laws for the benefits of Nigerians.
He said besides migration matters, the programme would boost investors’ confidence in the nation’s economy saying “we are interested in bringing several governments across the world together to exchange ideas on how to improve relations on migration matters, border control, refugees and humanitarian services.
“Advocacy against crisis leading to the internal displacement of Nigerians and human trafficking must be sustained. On this noble course, we are working with the Nigeria Immigration Service, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the Nigerian Police Force, Nigeria Customs Service, other security agencies and relevant institutions.
“The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), is aware of what we are doing as well as other international bodies. We are interested in every good thing that can add value to the nation and efforts of the government to improve the economy.
“Submissions at the conference won’t just end with mere verbal discussions like other events, we shall ensure that outcomes of the position papers are collated and presented to the legislature as a framework to improve relevant laws” Ajibola pledged.