Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has admitted that Nigeria’s land borders are porous.
He made this known at a meeting with a European Union delegation led by Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ketil Karlsen.
Speaking further, the minister noted that cases of undocumented migrants in Nigeria were caused by the country’s porous borders.
Aregbesola said Nigeria was seeking stronger collaboration with relevant stakeholders to check the problem of illegal entry.
“Illegal migration is a thing of concern as it not only depletes a region of viable and reliable labour, talent, and human resource but also makes room for unplanned human presence,” he said.
The minister commended the EU and others for their support of the Migrants Information Data Analysis System (MIDAS).
He noted that the system had enhanced the documentation of immigrants entering the country.
Aregbesola also thanked Europe for assisting Nigeria to curtail the spread of COVID-19.