The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service Muhammad Babandede has commissioned a couple of projects at various state commands to wrap up the year, amongst them is the Zamfara State Command in Gusau in line with his resolve to build more command complexes across the country.
Represented by ACG Mohammed Aminu Mohammed Zonal Coordinator Zone B, Kaduna, he averred that in three years of the steering of the affairs of the Service, it has Commissioned command complexes in Kano, Jigawa, Plateau, Abia, Akwa Ibom and now Zamfara in Gusau the State Capital the Zamfara with the aim of alleviating the problems of Inadequate office space, lack of comfortable lounge for passport applicants. He called for maintenance culture to sustain the projects.
Adding that the project was awarded on the 28th November 2018, commenced in January 2019 and completed in November 2019 at the cost of N192, 404,794.05 naira a prototype of what the NIS has all over the Federation.
In a similar vane, the Honorable Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola officially Commissioned the Service Command Complex in Jimeta-Yola, in Adamawa State. The Minister in his address admonished the officers and men of the Command to be dutiful and professional in their approach to National assignment as it relates to their core mandates. He emphasized on the need for officers and men in Adamawa to be security conscious, and to enhance economic prosperity of Nigeria by ensuring that only genuine, regular migrants are allowed into the country.
He asked the Command to maintain a green environment by planting trees, also the Executive Governor of Adamawa State Adamu Umaru Fintiri, who was represented by the Chief of Staff Professor Maxwell Gidado spoke on the need to maintain the structure while assuring the Command of the support of the Adamawa state government.
In his address Babandede noted that the Visa on Arrival at the point of Entry is not going to compromise national security against the opinion of many who misunderstood the good intentions of government, he tasked the officers and men of the service to justify the support and commitment of the Federal government to the service to improve conditions of working environment and livelihood of the officers through the building of Command offices and Forward Operation Base for the patrol officers.
The CG while expressing gratitude to the Federal Government for approving the funds for the buildings of the Forward Operation Base all around the country and State Command Complexes, said it will aid step-up Security and patrol activities along the border Flanks of Nigeria coming at a time the Nation is strengthening Border Security along the Nation’s border frontiers.
Also to the Service credit is the graduation of 509 officers converted to Superintendent cadre. Speaking at the 3rd Conversion /Upgrading Course at the premier Immigration Training School Kano. Babandede, reiterated the need for the officers to put what they learnt into action, noting that the Service has invested so much into training and capacity development. He tasked participants on maximizing the knowledge of ICT gained to uplift the standard expected of the service among other sister agencies without competing but complimenting each other wherever and whenever the need arises, he however warned officers and men not to be careless with the weapon, adding that hence all officers of the service will undergo drug test.
The Service before drawing close the curtain for 2919 had its state Command in Bayelsa flag off Migrant e-registration exercise. The event which took place in Yenegoa was coordinated by the state Command Comptroller Felix Odika. Babandede enjoined the officers and men of the Command to take advantage of the exercise to capture the migrants residing in Bayelsa to actualize the essence of the program. He warned them against any bottleneck that may jeopardize the exercise adding that the Migrant e-registration exercise is free.