MI visits Immigration boss, thrills pupils

The UNODC Goodwill Ambassador on Smuggling of Migrants, MI Abaga, has assured the new Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr David Paradang, of support to reach the youths with messages against illegal migration. The multiple award-winning artist made this commitment during a courtesy visit to the newly appointed Immigration boss on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at the NIS office.

"As a Goodwill Ambassador," he said, "I have pledged to use my influence among the youths of Nigeria to spread the message about the methods, trickery and deception that characterise trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants."

Mr Paradang appreciated the visit of the UNODC team which was led by the NGAX41 Project Coordinator, Mumbi Njau, disclosing that he was personally committed to improving regular migration through training for immigration personnel and improvements in the working conditions of border officers.

Earlier, Ms Njau, who also stood in for the UNODC Representative in Nigeria, promised to provide support for Mr Paradang's priorities such as capacity building and in advocacy efforts for the proposed law on Smuggling of Migrants and its subsequent implementation.

On Thursday, June 20, 2013, the UNODC Goodwill Ambassador, MI, made good his promise as he participated in a human trafficking awareness programme for schoolchildren at the Army Day Secondary School, Mambilla Barracks, Asokoro in Abuja. The exhilarated children sang along with MI, "I am priceless/Nobody can buy me!", and memorised NAPTIP's toll-free line for reporting trafficking issues, 080CALLNAPTIP. The event was organised by a UNODC partner NGO, the Child Welfare and Orientation Network (CWON) with support from the European Union-funded project, NGAX41.