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JIFORM To Host National Migration Summit Feb 9

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January 11, (THEWILL) – The Journalists International Forum for Migration, JIFORM, in collaboration with other partners, will host a national migration summit at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, on February 9.

JIFORM’s President, Dr Ajibola Abayomi, in a statement signed and made available to the media, said the summit themed: “Irregular Migration: The Missing Links and The Remedy”, was aimed at deepening the efforts to improve migration policies in Nigeria and improve the capacity building of the media and other stakeholders.

“We are concerned about the need to further engage the public and the government on migration matters and make interventions where necessary for all of us to be on the same page. We cannot pretend that issues of human trafficking, irregular migration and others are not with us.

“On these challenges, we must reason together on how to stop these and cater for vulnerable ones among us without playing to the gallery. There is a need for us to have the understanding about the laws and how to evolve opportunities to better the lots of our people through the positive sides of migration. JIFORM is ready to work with every concerned organisation,” Abayomi said.

Organisations listed as partners are Diaspora Innovation Institute (DII), Nigeria Diaspora Project 4040, Home For the Needy, Edo State, and Initiative for Youth Awareness on Migration Immigration Development and Reintegration (IYAMIDR).

The event shall have participation from the media, government agencies and non-governmental agencies, embassies, students, civil society, security agencies and others.

Some of the organisations already invited to feature at the event include the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigerians in Diaspora Organization (NiDOE), embassies and others.

JIFORM is a non-profit body comprising over 300 journalists and other volunteers across the continents covering migration matters.

Since 2019, the organisation has become a major force in organising a series of local and international capacity-building for journalists and other stakeholders. In 2021, it initiated the annual African Migration Summit held in Ghana, in partnership with Nekotech Center of Excellence, Accra, the West African Media Migration Summit in Lome, Togo, and held its 3rd Global Migration Summit in Toronto, Canada, in October 2022.

The body in collaboration with the City University, New York City, US, between November 2-4, in Brooklyn, hosted the International Migration Summit.