BY JOYCE OKOLI

The Nigeria Immigration Service has concluded a two-day capacity building programme for Public Relations Officers drawn from across commands and formations across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

 

TNMN gathered that the training focused on the implications of irregular migration as well as the nuisance constituted by recalcitrant stowaways.

 

Themed “ Communication Strategies as an Effective Tool in the Prevention of Migrants Smuggling and Human Trafficking”, the event which was organised in conjunction with a Spanish Non-Governmental Organization, FIIAPP at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State had forty- three public Relations Officers as participants. , while resource persons including the Service Public Relations Officer, Assistant Comptroller Amos Okpu were on hand to deliver their papers.

 

Declaring the event open, the acting Comptroller General of Immigration, Isah Jere Idris commended the organisers of the workshop, describing the theme of the Workshop as apt and timely, especially as cases of Smuggling of Migrants (SoM) and Trafficking in Person (TIP) are at the front burner in major global discourses.

 

The CGI who was represented by the Controller of the Akwa Ibom State Command, Comptroller. George Didel said; ” I commend the organisers, (FIIAPP) for taking the initiative to contribute to the enhancement of the capacity development for NIS Spokespersons which will translate to the good image of the Service.”

 

 

The programme emphasised the need for Public Relations practitioners to update their ICT knowledge base so as to remain relevant and urged heads of Commands and Formations to prioritise the Public Relations Office to enable them function effectively.

 

Public Relations Officers were charged with building communication messages around irregular migration and fostering healthy relationships between the Service and its publics.

 

The Senior Project Officer of FIIAPP in Nigeria, Mr. Joseph Sanwo who represented the Team Leader, Mr. Raefel Mois Molina said the workshop was the European Union’s (EU) contribution to the capacity building of Public Relations Officers of the NIS.

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