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NIS sentisises personnel on MoNIS, new work system

The Nigerian Immigration Service says modernising its system, codenamed MoNIS, will tackle migrants smuggling and gender insensitivity.

Mr Sadiq Adebowale, Assistant Comptroller-General (ACG) of the Service in charge of Ikeja Zone “A” Lagos, said this while declaring open the training organised to boost the capacity of the service personnel on Saturday in Lagos .

The ACG said the modernization would beam searchlight on gender insensitivity and mainstreaming.

He said the service would embrace reforms that were gender responsive, to assist migrants .

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that MoNIS is a Nigerian Immigration Service ( NIS) project implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development ( ICMPD) and funded by Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ACG, who was represented by the Controller in – charge of Murtala Muhammed International Airport ( MMIA) Command, Mrs Adeola Adesokan, said more partnerships and collaborations with reputable organisations within the migration sector, in relation to the MoNIS would be embraced .

” It is important to note that these collaborations are backed by the Immigration Act of 2015, Section 62.

” The act empowers the service to strengthen cooperation with law enforcement, security agencies, relevant government agencies, and other partners in the eradication of smuggling of migrants” Adebowale said.

Adesokan, who also narated experiences at MMIA, her Command, said it witnessed scourge of irregular migration and its negative effects..

Eddy Akpomera, an Associate Professor, University of Benin, Edo, while training the personnel, emphasised the need for reforms like MoNIS in other security institutions.

He said the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Woman Affairs, wanted all security institutions to be gender responsive in line with the UN Council Resolution Agreement for 2025 on Peace and Security.

He urged the personnel to be sensitive to the need of each migrant.

” Personnel must be sensitive to experiences of migrants; experiences of migrants who are women are different from the experiences of migrants who are men and must be treated with gender sensitivity,” Akpomera said .

The gender officer asked for more female NIS personnel at boarders to handle medical cases of women are victims.

Newsmen reports that 40 NIS personnel from various commands participated in the training

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