Benin, March 16, 2017 (TNE): The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) on Thursday in Benin, began a two-day sensitisation workshop for South-South geopolitical zone on “Consolidating the Migration Governance Architecture”.
Mrs Sadiya Umar-Farouq, the Federal Commissioner, told newsmen that the workshop was part of measures to decentralise the National Migration Dialogue Process.
“This programme is being implemented as part of the project to consolidate the migration governance architecture supported by the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).
“Migration programmes and coordination activities have been largely restricted to institutions of the Federal Government.
“There is little or no participation from state and local governments within which the migrating population is governed.”
The commissioner noted that the workshop was aimed at ensuring that the National Migration Dialogue Process took deep root within the polity of setting the National Development Agenda.
“It has become imperative to continuously mobilise states and local governments as well as Civil Society Organisations through a decentralised process.”
According to her, this is the most effective and efficient way to bring migration discourse down and closer to the grassroots.
Also speaking, Mr Philip Shaibu, the Edo Deputy Governor who declared the workshop open, said the state government would partner with the commission to tackle the issue of migration.
Shaibu explained that the state government was investing in agriculture to reduce unemployment and insecurity.
According to him, the state government has earmarked 200,000 hectares for the current planting season, adding that it is determined to start exporting rice, maize and other crops. (TNE)