Nigeria's Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Dambazau has said the newly launched 2017 Immigration Regulation will go a long way in tackling terrorism and herders/farmers clashes in the country.
Dambazau made the disclosure while launching the new immigration regulation document in Abuja on Monday.
He said the Regulation will empower the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to not only register everyone coming into the country but also monitor the movements of visitors throughout their stay.
While noting that ECOWAS encourages free movement of humans within the West African region, Dambazau assured that since most herdsmen were foreigners who moves around the continent to feed their flocks, they will be made to register in order to get trans-human certificate.
"Reception centres will be created and manned by Immigration Service officers which will help to register them and present them with trans-human certificate," he said.
Dambazau said the Immigration Regulation was to provide the legal framework for the implementation of the 2015 Immigration Act.
The minister assured that provisions contained in the Regulation will enhance security while also improving the ease of doing business in the country.
On his part, Muhammadu Maccido, the Director overseeing the office of the Permanent Secretary of the Interior ministry said the "Regulation was introduced to fill the gaps outlined in the enabling legislation", adding that enforcement of the Regulation will encourage investment in the country.
Speaking earlier, the Comptroller General of the NIS, Mohammad Babandede said the service had been operating an obsolete Act which was grossly inadequate to contain the unfolding realities.
The first Immigration Act, passed by the parliament in 1963 only allowed a maximum of N100 fine for offenders but the new one has increased the fine to N1000000.
Babandede said the service will conduct a training program for its men and officers to get them updated on the provisions of the new Regulation.
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