Opinion

Anambra Begins E-Registration for Foreigners

By Ikeugonna Eleke

The Anambra State Government has flagged off e-registration for foreigners living in the state.

This it said will enhance effective monitoring and control of foreigners.

Governor Willie Obiano who stated this at the State Command Headquarters, Immigration Service, Awka, said it would help all security agencies and institutions involved in migration management to monitor and coordinate their activities.

‘This will help the state to know those that are illegal migrants in the state; what they do, so as to help to fish out those that are criminals among them,’ Obiano explained.

The governor who was represented during the flag off of the event by Secretary to State Government (SSG), Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, called on landlords/owners of premises that were accommodating migrants, like hotels, guest houses, employers of expatriates, traditional rulers, market/traders associations, president’s general of town unions and academic institutions with foreign students, to ensure that such migrants complied with provisions of immigration regulations.

Controller of Immigration, Anambra State Command, Mrs Tochukwu Agwai, recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier in the year inaugurated the exercise in Abuja.

She said the robust data that would be generated from the exercise would be linked to the Interpol data base as part of an international collaboration, recommended by the National Migration Policy.

This she said it would also strengthen security, curb irregular migration and attendant challenges to the nation.

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