The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is currently hosting Heads of ECOWAS Immigration, in the nation’s capital, Abuja.
The aim of the meeting is to review the irregularities in the system as well as improve data sharing.
The Comptroller General of Nigeria’s Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, has called on all immigration agencies to work closely together to deliver smooth intelligence gathering.
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, at the event said that the Federal Government will employ the use of technology to tackle the menace of illegal migration, trans-border crimes as well as terrorism.
He said that the Federal Government has begun a pilot understudy of the region’s border and has therefore called for an effective operational collaboration among members.
The ECOWAS heads of Immigration which was inaugurated in 2015 is meant to bring together officials of the immigration service by comparing experiences and solving issues of interest.
In 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari hosted the Extraordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States Authority of Heads of State and Government to mark its 40th Anniversary.
The focus of the summit was climate change.
However, this year the meeting intends to focus on security challenges in ECOWAS countries, unemployment, rights of residents among other things.
Gathered at the meeting are diplomats, top immigration officials, drawn from different countries.