Following its efforts to address the issues of illegal migration and human trafficking, the Federal government has called for inter-ministerial collaboration, to work in that regard.
This call was made by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, during her courtesy visit to the Minister of Interior, Mr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, at his office in Abuja.
During her visit, Dr Edu stressed that there is an urgent need to tackle the root causes of poverty and humanitarian crises, which she believes are insecurity, illegal migration, and human trafficking.
She however assured the interior minister that the National Social Register would be expanded to include families and widows of ex-servicemen in the paramilitary organization.
Additionally, inmates of the Nigeria Correctional Services would also be included to benefit from the skills acquisition programs of her ministry.
“For us to achieve the desired result, we must ensure effective and sustainable inter-ministerial collaboration,” she stated.
According to her, this synergy would enable her ministry to obtain the necessary intelligence to coordinate and effectively manage any humanitarian crisis.
“We need intelligence from you. We have just obtained approval for NAPTIP officers to be present at the various ports. We need you to understand the importance of our collaboration with you on the border. We must find ways to enhance our intelligence in Nigeria as we have too many illegal borders,” she said.