By Christiana Ekpa
President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday said that Nigeria is ready to work closely with the European Union in tackling the rising incidence of illegal migration and mobility from the country to Europe through dangerous routes.
Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu in Abuja gave the pledge when an high level EU delegation comprising representatives from United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and other European countries visited him in Abuja.
He stated that the National Assembly will collaborate with the Executive to ensure that all pending agreements between Nigeria and European countries on issues of migration and mobility are resolved and signed by both parties as a direct means of preventing illegal migration from the subregion to Europe.
He stated that already the Senate has commenced the enactment of legislations that would foster better economic conditions in the country as a way of discouraging illegal migration.
Saraki said: “We need to begin to see how best the two continents can work very closely together to solve this challenge. How best we address the issue of migration will define the future of our two continents and I want to say that the Senate and the National Assembly, we are very keen to see whatever we can do to support and facilitate bringing solutions to it.