Being a text of speech delivered by Ajibola Abayomi, the President, Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) on Saturday, May 9, 2020 during an Online National Dialogue on National Security, Border Management And the Economy organised by JIFORM.

Dear colleagues

Ladies and Gentlemen.

We are continuing our determination to consolidate on the desire to widening knowledge on migration and economic issues.

Much as I think that JIFORM has made visible progress in this direction over the years, it is extremely important to thank, the National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Chief Chris Isiguzo and the National Public Relations Officer of Nigeria Customs Service, Deputy Comptroller Joseph Attah for accepting to partner JIFORM on this worthy cause of humanity and national advancement.

The two men have track records of enviable commitments to public service.

I thank them for their selfless services. These noble acts should challenge all of us to do more.

Dear colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, security and economic development are very key to our day to day life.

As those core issues are being addressed by the speakers, we must be ready to apply the knowledge and capacity to be derived from today’s lecture to better our countries as media practitioners.

By the dictate of the current global pandermic, we are indeed being challenged in different areas of life.

We must be united to defeat the dreaded coronavirus for us to have a better future.

Let me at this juncture call on leaders across the world to do more for media men and other frontliners as we battle COVID-19.

Surveys had revealed especially on the African continent, that the welfare and security of Journalists should be improved upon.

Among other things, the post-survival of the media, health and well-being of citizens and the economy, should be accorded priorities by Nations.

I am more than confident that my able leader and the NUJ President, Chief Isiguzo with the versatile Nigeria Customs Service Spokesman, DC Attah will do justice to their respective presentations.

I cannot but thank the International Organization for Migration (IOM) both in Nigeria and Gambia, the Malawi Police Authority, Members of Zimbabwe Editors Forum, the Nigerians In Diaspora Commission, Nigeria Immigration Service and Professor Kanu Anthony Ikechukwu and others for their previous engagements that had strengthened JIFORM.

Going forward, we are ready to engage other resource persons and institutions across the globe to develop capacity, enrich the understanding of migration concepts coupled with the zeal to consolidate on the advocacy against irregular migration and human trafficking.

With you all, we shall make the world a better place.

Thank you.

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