National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, NCFRMI is collaborating with the Embassy of Netherlands on resolving migration issues in Nigeria.

The Federal Commissioner of the Commission, Senator Basheer Mohammed, stated this when he received the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherland, Harry Van Dijk.

Senator Basheer, expressed optimism that the partnership would promote the safe return and reintegration of migrants.

“I am pleased to hear of plans for the upcoming Nigeria-Netherlands Strategic Dialogue on Migration and Consular Affairs and I look forward to progressive partnerships designed in line with our streamlined focus as a nation.

He said the Commission had increased advocacy for sensitization of migrants against illegal migration and the Commission intends to launch Resettlement City Rehabilitation & Reintegration Project in 4 states across the country in the year.

“For the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted our movement and inevitably this has delayed us from meeting each other in person. Nonetheless, I am delighted that today we have the opportunity to meet and resume discussions that will benefit our migratory landscape in Nigeria as well as our relations with the Kingdom of the Netherlands.”

Responding, the Ambassador, Harry Van Dijk explained that the COVID-19 pandemic had stalled their meeting but he is delighted that they have resumed discussions that will benefit the migratory landscape in Nigeria as well as relations with the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

“We are happy to be here and we will do everything to support the Commission in every way possible as we hope to boost bilateral dialogue on migration and investment and trade,” he said.

Also at the meeting were the Commission’s director, Refugee and Migration, Tai Hassan Ejibunu; Deputy Director, IDPs of the Commission, Fatima Mamman Daura; Deputy Director, planning, Stephen Medaiyedu and the Commissioner’s Technical Assistant, Tahirah Ikharo.

RN