Federal Government Vows to Curb Illegal Immigration, Bolster National Security. The Federal Government has pledged to enact stringent measures to halt the influx of illegal immigrants into the country, emphasizing the critical need to secure Nigeria’s borders for enhanced national security.

This commitment was articulated by the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, during a meeting with the Director of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), Dasuki Arabi. The Director of Press of the Ministry, Afonja Ajibola, released a statement on Saturday detailing the Minister’s resolve to address the issue of illegal entries facilitated by counterfeit travel documents.

Tunji-Ojo underscored the imperative of curtailing the ease with which illegal aliens penetrate the country, particularly using fraudulent travel papers. He emphasized that securing Nigeria’s borders is an essential aspect of ensuring the nation’s overall security.

Expressing readiness for collaboration, the Minister highlighted the Ministry’s willingness to partner with the BPSR to devise effective solutions to the nation’s security challenges, specifically emphasizing the task of fortifying the country’s borders.

“I am committed to actively engaging with the Bureau of Public Service Reforms to develop strategies to tackle our security challenges,” stated Tunji-Ojo.

Arabi, on his part, outlined the BPSR’s core responsibilities, highlighting their mandate to initiate, coordinate, and ensure the full implementation of federal government reform policies. He elaborated on the four pillars of Nigeria’s public service reforms, stressing the priority placed on providing a secure environment within the nation.

He further delineated the comprehensive approach undertaken by the BPSR, outlining efforts directed towards socio-economic security targets, public financial management reforms including transparency-promoting finance software, and the imperative of Civil Service Administration reforms.

Arabi emphasized the significance of training programs for security-related officers in critical sectors such as fire services, civil defence, immigration, and correctional services. He emphasized that this training extended to officers currently in service and those preparing for retirement.

The government’s vow to combat illegal immigration and fortify border security aligns with its commitment to safeguarding the nation and addressing the multifaceted challenges to Nigeria’s security landscape.