27 September 2010

Nigeria: Immigration to Register Africans in Kano

Kano — The Kano State command of the Nigerian Immigration Service has said it would soon commence registration of Africans living in the state, according to the controller, Mr. David Paradang .

He said in line with the directive given by the Controller General Mrs. Rose Uzoma, the state command had completed plans for the biometric registration of all Africans in the state. He said the exercise which would be flagged off by Kano Governor Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau and Emir, Alhaji Ado Bayero, was awaiting their approval, and urged the Africans to cooperate in the exercise. He said the exercise was not new as some African countries registered Nigerians in their midst and that it would only enhance security if a database is established, which he said would also be used for statistical and national planning purposes.

Mr. Paradang said the equipment and training for the exercise had been completed in the 44 local governments with meetings held with African communities to get them understand the purpose of the registration exercise and its importance.

He said the registration would cover those with proper documents and those who for some reasons have incomplete papers and called on the media to help in sensitizing the public to avoid misconception.

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