The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has approved the redeployment of 69 senior officers to zones and commands formations across the country.
The Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Isah Jere, approved the postings in a statement by the Service’s Public Relations Officer (SPRO), Mr Amos Okpu, on Wednesday in Abuja.
The deployment which is contained in a circular vide 4423170 and dated Aug. 1, is with immediate effect.
The statement said that eight Assistant Comptrollers General (ACG) and 61 Comptrollers of Immigration (CIS) were affected by the posting order.
It said that the ACGs deployed include: ACG KM Amao formerly the Comptroller of Ogun Command is moved to the General Services Division at the Service Headquarters Abuja.
N Nandap, formerly in-charge of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Command (MMIA) Ikeja, is now the head of the Combined Expatriate and Residence Permit Card Division (CERPAC) at the Service Headquarters.
“Similarly, ACG Abdullahi Usman is now the Head of the Division of Regular Migration at the Service Headquarters.
“The ACG B.
N Alawode becomes the Head of Welfare and Gender and ACG EC Esedo is the Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘D’ in Minna,” it said.
Meanwhile, ACG M.
A Ushie of the Document Fraud Unit has been moved to the Passport Division while ACG ES Fagbamigbe formerly of Idi-Iroko Border Command now heads the Land Border Division at the Service Headquarters.
Other comptrollers posted include: A.
O Adesokan who has been moved from Training and Staff Development (TSD) Abuja, to the MMIA while the acting Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the Comptroller General, Ahmed Mustapha becomes the new Comptroller of Kano State Command.
“Others include: Compt.
Shittu Fatai now in-charge of Border Patrol Command Lagos; Compt.
Gwama Muhammad who now heads the Idi-Iroko Border Command and Compt.
MM Saddiq who is now the Principal Staff Officer to the Comptroller General.
“The Passport Control Officer, Ikoyi Passport Office Compt.
O Bewaji has been moved to the Service Headquarters while Compt.
Michael Dike takes over as the Comptroller, Seme Border Command Lagos.
“The Comptroller in-charge of Discipline is now moved to head Osun Command while Compt.
Sabo A Rano Commandant, Immigration Training School Kano is now the Comptroller of Gombe State Command,” it added.
D Dakat of Onne Marine Command moves to Akwa Ibom Command to take over from Compt.
GE Didel who has been moved to the Migration Directorate at the Service Headquarters among others.
The CG enjoined all the officers deployed to continue to avail the service their rich experiences in their new commands and formations in order to improve service delivery and national security.
The Nigerian National Open University, NOUN, on Thursday enrolled 72 inmates from the Nigerian Correctional Service, NCoS, Kuje Middle Security Custody Center, Abuja to study various courses.
The Vice Chancellor, NOUN, Prof. Olufemi Peters, urged students to make wise use of their study materials.
The CV that was represented by the National Coordinator, Special Studies, NOUN, Modupe Adesina, described the collaboration between NOUN and NCoS as very fluid.
According to him, NOUN remains the largest in Africa and the only accredited single-mode open and distance learning institution in Nigeria.
“We have 12 study centers that are for inmates. We have 970 students from correctional facilities nationwide and have graduated 42 inmates nationwide since 2012.
“We have five people enrolled in doctoral programs and we are still counting. We produce the best graduate students in 2014 in Enugu.
"And when you look at their results, they have been very studious, very eager to graduate with the best result," he said.
Peters urged the public to encourage the federal government by employing graduate inmates in the society to help them keep up with their lives outside of correctional facilities.
He said the government's efforts should be welcomed as the inmates were fully sponsored to acquire the University certificates.
“The efforts of the government and the university should be encouraged. This is not a joke.
“The environment and society in general must welcome students from NOUN, particularly inmates from correctional centers.
“If they are outside, that means they most likely have been refurbished. Education helps a lot to open their minds and make them what society requires.
"Many of them are gifted, they have gone beyond school, they have acquired various skills and no less than anyone else," he said.
The CV expressed the university's determination to ensure that newly admitted students had an excellent learning environment with a view to making their study rewarding and satisfying.
He urged them to desist from all forms of anomalies such as worship, sexual harassment among others that exist in the conventional university, saying that NOUN was not a regular university.
FCT NCoS controller Ahmed Musa said NCoS had continued to fulfill this mandate through a large amount of academic and vocational skill acquisition, as well as psychosocial support programs for inmates.
Musa said the importance of the occasion cannot be overstated as it underscores the very essence of the NCoS mandate.
These, he said, were to reform and rehabilitate those who were in his charge and later reintegrate them into society.
According to him, it is noteworthy that changing the behavior and orientation of people in conflict with the law and putting them on the right path is not an easy task.
“The Kuje Custody Center has always excelled in its academic feats.
“Since the command adopted education as a primary means of reform in 2010, the center has registered more than 850 students who have taken its WAEC and NECO exams.
“More than 750 inmates passed with flying colors with more than five credits, including math and English.
"With the advent of the National Open University, the center registered more than a hundred students and also about 10 BSc graduates and one master's student," he said.
Musa urged enrolling students, as well as returning students, not to disappoint in service and to excel in their academic fields of choice.
He noted that the command had also extended this opportunity to the Suleja Custody Center, adding that the center had around 32 inmates currently presenting for their WAEC and NECO exams.
“So I implore all who are enrolling today, and indeed the rest of the interns, to take advantage of this golden opportunity to add value to their lives.
"As I always say, incarceration is not the end of life, you can buy time while you serve the term," he advised.
SPRO Public Relations Officer Francis Enobore urged enrolling students to focus on their studies so they can advance further in life.
"I also want to assure everyone that the necessary support they need will be properly provided by the service," he said.
The comptroller general of the Nigerian Corrections Service, NCoS, Haliru Nababa, ordered the men of the armed squad to deploy maximum force to defend the detention centers from the armed attackers.
Mr. Nababa gave the directive after a preliminary assessment of the security challenges facing the NCoS by the Comptroller General's Security and Intelligence Council.
This is contained in a statement by the Service's public relations manager, SPRO, Francis Enobore, on Tuesday in Abuja.
The CG directive followed the attack on the Oyo detention center where inmates escaped from detention on October 22.
The CG condemned, in strong terms, the unprovoked and relentless attacks on detention centers and the forced release of hardened criminals into society.
He noted that such a development is likely to worsen the security situation, including having an impact on the socio-economic growth and development of the nation.
He therefore ordered the men of the armed squad, especially those recently retrained by the military, to deploy the acquired knowledge to resist attacks with maximum force.
According to him, the training you have acquired and the weapons given to you are to be used to the maximum, professionally.
"You must show no mercy to the armed invaders on our installations, because, by their action, they have declared themselves enemies of the state", he declared.
Mr. Nababa expressed confidence in the quality of the recycling program undertaken by the service in partnership with the military.
He said that “this collaboration will build resilience and the ability of personnel to deploy high quality weapons when the need arises.
He took the opportunity to congratulate the officers attached to the medium security detention center in Kagara, Niger state, for successfully repelling the bandits who attacked the facility, promising a nice reward for the act of bravery.
Nababa called for support from members of the public in gathering intelligence that would allow security officers to nip these horrific incidents in the bud, observing that it costs far less to prevent than to resist attacks.
“Security relies on timely and actionable intelligence and crimes of this magnitude certainly take time to plan.
“The attackers live among us, congregate, share information, provide logistics and engage in suspicious movements and activities.
"If intelligence reports are made available to security officers in a timely manner, then the situation can be controlled with less damage," the CG stressed.
Mr. Nababa showed compassion to the heads of the security agencies and the family members of the valiant officers who paid the ultimate price in the performance of their duties.
He assured that he was ready to spare no resources to secure all detention facilities in the country.
The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) has presented the prestigious award of “Most reform minded agency year 2020 to Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).
The Service Public Relations Officer (SPRO), Mr Sunday James, disclosed this in a statement made available to Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Abuja.
James said that the service under the leadership of its Comptroller General, Mr Muhammad Babandede, has undertaken various reforms that has encouraged ease of doing business through the visa regime.
He recalled that most recently President Muhammadu Buhari presented the Nigeria Visa Policy 2020 to the public
on the Feb 4th.
“Aproduct of visa reform that has transformed the countries visa regime in the diplomatic circle, practice and also the biometric e-visa for international travelers to Nigeria, ” he said.
James said that the service had also embarked on a document and process reform for all official documents and ways of rendering services to the general public culminating in the review of the Immigration Act of 1963 birthing the Immigration Act 2015.
“This also birth Immigration Regulation 2017, NIS National Border Management (NBM) 2019-2023, Immigration Manual 2019 for laws, regulations, and processes of issuance of facilities across the NIS service widows.
“The NIS National Border Management Strategy (NBMS) 2019 – 2023 is the driver document for the border management strategy emplaced to strengthen secured and safe border.
“And part of which is the deployment of the Border Control tool known as Migration Information Data Analysis System (MIDAS) deployed to major Entry points, and four International Airports in the country.
“Also the human resource management, planning research and statistics directorates were upgraded with facilities that enable information on staff nominal roll, disposition, postings, distribution, management and administration and salaries.
“And as well as all emoluments to be e-based to streamline the management and administration processes in the NIS, ” he said.
The SPRO noted that
the passport document and process was reviewed resulting in the production of the 10 year validity enhanced passport with over 25 security features in line with ICAO standard for travel documents of the category passport.
He added that it was
a standard used in rating the uniqueness of passport globally, saying the refugee passport called convention passport and other categories of passports were included.
He said that the migration reform which came on July 15, 2019 paved the way for those on Irregular status to get documented and also process relevant documents that ensured their regular stay lawfully in the country,
“This major reform is the basis for visa on arrival at the point of entry for holders of AU passport and other qualified under the policy enshrined in the presidential declaration of visa on arrival for Africans.
“This leadership role aimed at Integration and Unification of Africans for freedom of movement within Africa of Africans. This process was carefully designed taking cognizance of National Security of the country, ” he said.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
The officials of the Gambia Immigration Department (GID) visited the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to share common interests and appreciate the reforms embarked upon by the service.
The Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede disclosed this in a statement issued by the Service Public Relations Officer, (SPRO) Mr Sunday James on Monday in Abuja.
Babandede said that the first crop of the Gambian Immigration Officers were trained at the Premier Immigration Training School, Kano, hence the long standing relationship through the years between the Immigration agency of the two Countries.
He appreciated the GID team for their choice of Nigeria in view of the recognized relationship that span years of fruitful growth.
He noted that the present Director General, GID was a product of the Nigeria Immigration training, adding that the visit was a sign of support and value addition.
He assured the team of a very good stay in Nigeria during the study tour and advised the participants to stay focus and share ideas with their colleagues during the interactive sessions.
He tasked the Gambian team to take time to discuss more freely with the Ministry of Interior, Nigeria on engaging with ECOWAS for the facilitation of such visit to other countries to avoid undue protocol across border entry points.
The Commissioner Processing, GID, Ms Olimatou Jammeh, noted that the contribution of the NIS to the training of the first crop of GID had contributed to the growth and development of Gambia.
Jammeh said that the study tour was symbolic and historic on the grounds of mutual and bilateral relationships between the two countries.
She said that relationship was necessary especially as a leading service in the implementation of the modern migration management and the Integrated Border Management and Control, adding that Nigeria was the first country to implement and operationalize.
“We are looking forward to learning more about skills that will enhance the competence of the officers in areas like Border Management Information System, Cross-Border engagement strategies, border security and control among others,” she said.
NAN reports that the team was led by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Gambia, Moussier Assan Tangara, Director General, GID represented by the Commissioner Processing, Ms Olimatou Jammeh and Assistant Inspector General, Gambia Police Moussier Ebrima Bah.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Ismail Abdulaziz
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has called on the general public to disregard the fake visa on arrival video in circulation and assured all of a highly professional service delivery in the interest of the nation.The Service Public Relations Officer (SPRO) Mr Sunday James, disclosed this in a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Abuja. According to the statement, the attention of the Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede was drawn to a “Fake” Visa on Arrival video being circulated in some social media platforms by mischief makers.high level discussion is still on-going with the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola. “NIS totally dissociates itself from the purported image damaging video that has the tendency of misinforming the public and cast doubt on the good intentions of the government.“All official releases are done on our official website, www.immigration.gov.ng, as the most credible and approved platform on which such sensitive national issues can be disseminated and circulated.Edited by: Ifeyinwa Omowole