In recognition of the strong links between migration and national development, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) are working out a partnership to sensitize the public on the National Migration Policy of the Federal Government which was adopted in May 2015.
The NOA Director General, Mike Omeri disclosed this during a meeting in his office between the management of the Agency and that of CISLAC. Represented by the Director, Planning, Research and Strategy, Mr. Bonat Tagwai, Omeri said Nigerians needed to understand the contents and intents of the policy so they can embrace it and align accordingly.
He observed that the policy and its implementation plan provide an appropriate legal framework for monitoring and regulating internal and international migration, and proper collection and dissemination of migration data.
The NOA helmsman said the Agency was ready to deploy its staff in all 774 Local Government Areas of the country to engage Nigerians and interpret the Migration Policy in local languages. noting that NOA and CISLAC had many common grounds and would partner to achieve the common goals of advocacy and sensitization with regard to legislations and government policies.
Earlier, the CISLAC Executive Director, Auwal Ibrahim Musa said his Centre had need for close collaboration with NOA, given the Agency’s spread and strength, to sensitize Nigerians on relevant policies and conventions so as to maximize popular access to their benefits. Represented by Mr. Augustine Erame, Assistant Programme Officer of the Centre, Musa identified the National Migration Policy and the Kampala Convention as major areas of interest in the partnership.
He added that CISLAC was set for the commemoration of the World Humanitarian Day which calls attention to the sufferings of victims of humanitarian crises across the world as well as the numerous efforts being made towards alleviating their plights. He urged all people of goodwill to identify with the cause to ease the sufferings of Internally Displaced Persons wherever they are in the country.
-Faith Aghaeze, Abuja