The Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) has applauded the governments of Oyo and Cross River states in Nigeria over their committment to championing migration matters.
The elated President of JIFORM, Ajibola Abayomi noted that the rate at which both states were encouraging regular migration and Disapora investment was exciting.
Both states had scheduled migration sunmits to hold at their capital cities in Ibadan and Calabar respectively on April 20 and 22.
Thrilled by the attraction of global speakers and participants from America, US, African nations and African Union Labour Migration Advisory Committee member, HE Dr Princess Ocansey from Ghana, Ajibola said “this affirmative and proactive action by both state is commendable.”
A statement issued on Friday in Lome, the capital of Togo by the International body comprising over 300 Journalists focusing on migration reportage across the continents said both Governor Seyi Makinde and Professor Benedict Ayade of Oyo and Cross River states were making giant strides to exposing the nation’s economy to the benefits inherent in regular migration.
Ajibola, saluted Hon Bolanle Sarumi Aliyu, the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters to Oyo State governor and Prince Michael NkuAbuo Wellington, the Director General of Migration Control Services Agency (MCA), Cross River State, the brains behind the events describing them as worthy appointees and Nigerian ambassadors.
“We commend Prince NkuAbuo over his untiring efforts to reshape migration governance in Nigeria by being futuristic with the proposed April 22 summit in Calabar.
“This has further confirmed to us that Governor Ayade’s pace setting agenda that led to the creation of the MCA, being the first of its kind in the entire Sub-saharan African will benefit the nation.
“JIFORM made no mistake by honouring the Governor with the distinguished Migration Leadership Award during the African Migration Summit held in Accra, Ghana between February 25-26, this year. We are proud of the feat of the MCA in the last one year.”
The JIFORM President opined that with the rate at which, Bolanle was drawing from the inspiration of Governor Makinde, the net of diaspora remittance into Nigeria would be widen beyond expectation soon.”
“The SSA on diaspora matters has an eagle eye for foreign direct investment among other initiatives. We are proud to work with her. Oyo State Diaspora Day is becoming a global market to behold” Ajibola noted.