A Nigerian lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani is urging immigration agencies in Africa to join in the initiative to stop illegal and dangerous migration across the Mediterranean sea.
Several persons have died making attempts to cross the sea to Europe, but Mr Sani is optimistic that adequate collaboration would save the lives and future of thousands of young Africans.
Senator Sani made the appeal on Wednesday at a meeting with the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammed Babandede.
The Senator stated that the Pan-African Initiative Against Illegal and Dangerous Migration (PAIIDAM) is set to stem the tide of human trafficking which leads to abuse and death by bringing enlightenment and economic succor through joint collaboration.
Nigeria is currently 3rd among countries with high rate of illegal migration whose citizens are rescued daily across foreign waters.
Following the legislation by Nigeria’s National Assembly in 2015 criminalising smuggling of migrants, the Immigration Comptroller General, Mohammed Babandede, says collaboration and sharing of expertise with other African countries is vital in order to nab the perpetrators.