By Florence Obiukwu, with agency reports
All is set for Nigeria to launch new set of immigration regulations next week, to ensure better security and Immigration in the country. The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, is billed to make the announcement on Monday, March 20, 2017.
Sunday James, the spokesperson for the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja.
He said the Immigration Regulations, 2017 is a vital document that seeks to bring into operation the Immigration Act, 2015.
“The honorable Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, (retired) will officially present the Immigration Regulations 2017 to the public on Monday, March, 20, 2017.
“The Immigration Regulations 2017 is a vital document that operationalises the Immigration Act 2015 and provides the legal framework for the effective implementation of the Act,” he said.
He further said the new immigration regulation is a product of robust discourse that involved legal and migratory experts, including serving and retired immigration officers.
Mr. James expressed optimism that the document, if properly implemented, would go a long way in transforming the operations of NIS in line with international best practices.
NAN reports that the Immigration Act, 2015 contains updated structure and functions of NIS in relation to immigration, passports, deportation, visas, resident permits and general immigration offences.
The Act also gives effect in the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the provisions of the protocol against the smuggling of migrants by land, sea, air which supplements the UN Convention Against Transitional Organized Crime.