Acting President Yemi Osinbajo wants the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to prioritise free movement of its citizens and regional security.

Osinbajo made the call on Thursday at the ECOWAS Heads of Immigration meeting‎ held in Abuja to foster regional collaboration and migration management.

Represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Osinbajo also called for a more effective and proactive migration management system in the sub-region.

“We have to find a sub-regional mechanism to solving insecurity challenges and irregular migration in‎ ECOWAS,” he said.

There is need for free movement of persons within the sub-region, but the Acting President believes there is also need for concerted efforts to address the attendant security challenges such as human trafficking and terrorism.

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Osinbajo charged immigration and security agencies within member states to develop a robust security gathering and sharing mechanism to address irregular migration and security challenges in the region.

Also in his speech, the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, told the gathering that all hands should be on deck to address the perennial challenge of irregular migration in the region.

“This meeting will help to strengthen cooperation amongst member states in the implementation of ECOWAS Protocol on Free Movement of Persons in the light of the prevailing security challenges within the region,” Dambazau said.