Mrs Edith Onyemenam, Assistant Comptroller, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), says the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire on consular services is commendable.
Onyemenam spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the side-lines of the high level segment of the Second Session of the Nigeria-Cote d’Ivoire Bi-national Commission in Abidjan, on Sunday.
The meeting, which held on Saturday, was co-chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and Ivorian Prime Minister, Patrick Jerome Achi.
Agreements on areas of agriculture, digital economy, education, consular and immigration matters, prevention of human trafficking, among others were signed at the meeting.
Onyemenam said she believed that the MoU would curb irregular migration and trafficking in persons.
“It will help us a great deal in checking the menace of irregular migration, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons.
“We believe that these factors exacerbate banditry, while herders/farmers clashes will be checked to a great extent.
“The MoU will also help to foster already existing relations, capacity building for law enforcement officers and intelligence gathering among others,’’ Onyemenam said.