By Israel Lar
The Plateau State Government has applauded the effort of the Federal Government in trying to check the activities of immigrants living in the country, saying it would address the problems of insecurity in the country as some of them were rumoured to be part of the problems.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong made the commendation last Wednesday at the flagging off/commissioning of the e-registration centre for migrants in Plateau State held at the Federal Secretariat, Jos.
According to the Governor, the state which is believed to be harbouring the highest number of foreigners in the country due to its good weather, hospitality, economic opportunities with many tourists attraction, urged the immigrants to be part of the registration, if they want to continue to live in the state and Nigeria as a whole.
Lalong however appealed to the Nigerian Immigration Service to ensure that no officer takes advantage of the exercise for money making or corrupt tendencies.
Earlier, in his speech, the state Comptroller of Immigration, Abdul Alhaji Aliyu said the development was in line with the ongoing reforms of the Nigerian Immigration Service aimed at addressing the security challenges facing the country and Plateau State in particular.
Comptroller Aliyu added that the exercise was equally aimed at creating a conducive environment for migrants and facilitating the integration of migration management by creating a workable central data base for security management.
According to him, requirements for each migrant registration depends on nationalities with the respective treaties Nigeria has entered with their various countries, stressing that, exemption are granted individuals who are under the age of 18 years, those enjoying diplomatic immunity and visitors who intend to stay in Nigeria for less than 90 days.