NIS trains personnel on combating irregular migration

Segun Oladipupo
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has commenced a two -day training programme for the spokespersons of the organisation.

The training, according to the release made available to our correspondent, is on combating irregular migration.

The event which held on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th November, 2021 at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, is with the theme: Communication Strategies as an Effective Tool in the Prevention of Migrants Smuggling and Human Trafficking”.

The Two-Day training programme was organized in conjunction with a Spanish Non-Governmental Organization, FIIAPP.

The Acting Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service Mr. Isah Jere Idris  who declared the first batch of a-two-day Capacity Building Workshop for Public Relations Officers open, described the theme of the Workshop as apt and timely especially now that cases of Smuggling of Migrants (SoM) and Trafficking in Person (TIP) are at the front burner in major global discourses.

Participants were drawn from across Commands and Formations with forty-three Public Relations Officers in attendance.

Renowned resource persons including the Service Public Relations Officer, Assistant Comptroller Amos Okpu were on hand to deliver incisive presentations to the participants.

Declaring the event open, Comptroller of Immigration Service in-charge of Akwa Ibom State Command, Compt. George Didel who represented the Acting Comptroller General of Immigration, Isah Jere Idris, commended the organizers, (FIIAPP) for taking the initiative to contribute to enhanced capacity development for NIS Spokespersons which will translate to the good image of the Service.

The senior Project Officer of FIIAPP in Nigeria, Mr. Joseph Sanwo who represented the Team Leader Mr. Raefel Mois Molina, said the workshop was a contribution to capacity building of the Public Relations Officers of the NIS and was sponsored by the EU.

Critical highpoints of the training workshop include; the massive revolution in ICT is increasingly demanding that Public Relations practitioners must invest in huge capacity building efforts to remain relevant in modern PR practice;That heads of Commands and Formations should place enhanced importance to their Public Relations Officers to enable them function effectively in positive image building and in the fight against irregular migration;That more measures should be placed to regularly improve the capacity of the Public Relations Officers to build communication messages around irregular migration;That deliberate efforts should be constantly emplaced to foster healthy relationships between the Service and its publics.

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