Nigeria is committed to implementing all the 23 objectives of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) to enhance migration governance in the country.
The Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim, spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the United Nations Headquarters after she delivered Nigeria’s statement during a general debate at the First International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) hosted by the General Assembly.
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GCM is the first intergovernmental agreement, prepared under the auspices of the UN, to cover all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner.
The agreement was adopted at an intergovernmental conference on migration in Marrakesh, Morocco, on December 10, 2018, and it addresses the challenges and opportunities of migration for countries of origin, countries of transit, and for countries of destination.
It also enumerates 23 objectives for state action, bolstered by specific commitments that seek to address challenges related to today’s migration.
The commissioner said Nigeria had achieved a lot in the implementation of GCM and would continue to intensity its efforts.
“By next review forum, we would have recorded more achievements as a country, drawing from the participation from the IMFR and our collaboration with other partners.
“Migration is multifaceted, and it is also cross border; we have to work in partnership with relevant stakeholders, working on our policies, working on our systems and structure to accommodate evolving trends.
“We have done so much and so much needed to be done. Nigeria has achieved a lot of scores, starting from the migration policy in 2015 up till date in implementing the GCM,’’ the commissioner said.
According to her, Nigeria has a strong refuge programme and had ensured that the rights of migrants are protected. (NAN)