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World leaders adopt compact on migration

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted the global compact for Safe, orderly and regular migration at an inter-governmental conference holding in Marrakech, Morocco.

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres in his opening remarks, observed that though there were several myths about the document which are false, he maintained that the pact would rather affirm that migrants should enjoy their human rights.

Similarly, the President of the United Nations General Assembly,Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces explained that the compact would strengthen the sovereignty of every state.

Espinosa Garces who noted that the summit coincided with the 70th anniversary of the UN declaration on human rights, reiterated that the global compact would protect the human rights of the Migrants.

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel submitted that multilateral cooperation would solve problems associated with migration.

Other speakers at the event including a representative from the Migrants community, Cherly PereRa, demanded that the International community should take actions against xenophobic acts and tackle factors that make people run away from their homes which include poverty and conflicts.

Nigerian delegation at the conference was led by the Nigerian Ambassador to Morocco, Baba Garba and the Honourable Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and the Internally Displaced Persons, Sadiya Umar Farouq.

Meanwhile the federal government of Nigeria has reiterated its commitment to policies and activities that will contribute to safe, orderly and regular migration.

The Head of Nigerian delegation to the Intergovernmental conference for the Adoption of Global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, Mr Abubakar Malami, made the remarks on at the summit holding in Bab Ighli, Marrakech.

Afolasade Osigwe

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