National Immigration Service has called on stakeholders to support the proposed registration of Non-Nigerians living in the country.
The Comptroller of Immigration, Enugu State Office, Emmanuel Arogundade made the call during a sensitization visit to Enugu East local government area of the state.
He said the Immigration Service was in the Council area to solicit for the support of the council chairman and other stakeholders for the successful registration of non-Nigerians residing in the local government area.
According to him, beside the issuance of passport, NIS also play a vital role in national security.
While highlighting the importance of the registration of non-Nigerians , Arogundade that said , the registration will checkmate crime as data captured will be used by other security agencies to check, control and monitor the presence and activities of non-Nigerians in Enugu State and other parts of the country.
He further stated that the goal of NIS with regards to the registration was to strengthen the internal security of the nation.
He stated categorically that the registration was not targeted at any ethnic group or aimed at evicting any citizen from the state but for the security of lives and properties.
He further disclosed that the registration was launched in July by President Mohammed Buhari and that six months amnesty was granted to non-Nigerians adding that at the termination of the amnesty period, any non-registered non-Nigerian will be culpable.
He added, that any landlord or hotelier who accommodates a non-Nigerian who is not registered will also be brought to book.
He further stressed that the registration will be done both at state and local government levels.
He also urged the Traditional Rulers, Councilors, Town Union PGs, clergy and other stakeholders to help in the dissemination of the information.
He finally extolled the council chairman for his people-orientated leadership.
Enugu East Council Chairman, Hon. Prince Alex Ugwu thanked the comptroller and his entourage for their visit and assured them of his unalloyed support for the actualization of their goal.