‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja – International Organization For Migration (IOM), Head of the Lagos Sub -office and Senior Programme Coordinator, Migration Management, Mr Victor Lutenco, has indicated interest to partner with Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NIDCOM), to build legal pathways to curb irregular migration.

A press release today, Wednesday, August 23, signed by Gabriel Odu of the press and media unit disclosed that Mr Lutenco stated this during a visit to the Chiarman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa in Abuja.

The statement reads; “The IOM Programme Chief said the visit to NIDCOM is focused on dealing with emergency situations, humanitarian context, consequences of irregular migration, and trying to provide assistance in terms of rehabilitation and reintegration.

In his words, “building opportunities for legal pathways for migration, so that we reduce the causes, attack the problem at its core, one of the important factors that can contribute towards building those pathways are Nigerians in diaspora”.

Dr Sule Yakubu Bassi, Secretary to the Commission who received the delegation on behalf of the NiDCOM Boss said IOM is a great friend and partner to the commission helping with some of the commission’s programs right from inception such as midwifing the publication of the National Diaspora Policy, training of Pioneer Staff of NIDCOM, among others;

Dr Bassi added that NiCOM was set up primarily to engage with the Nigerians in the diaspora, saying the diaspora phenomena is the product of regular migration.

In His words “there are several overlaps because some irregular migrants sometimes end up to be regular migrants, and sometimes, regular migrants end up also to be irregular migrants”.

The NIDCOM Secretary also said that with an estimated number of about 17 million Nigerians in the diaspora making the country proud in all their endeavors such as Agriculture, medicine, ICT, Movies, Real Estate, education and many others.

He apreciated IOM for their technical partnership and like the proverbial Oliver Twist, requested for even stronger and more robust engagement with the International Organisation for Migration moving forward premised on mutuality and reciprocity.