Promotion is one of the incentives deployed by organisations, to encourage competition, and also boost productivity. It was, perhaps, against the foregoing, that the Civil Defence, Fire Service, Immigration and Prison Service Board (CDFIPB), at its 59th meeting held on the January 16, approved the elevation of 8,821 officers and men of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to the next ranks.
In line with the time-honoured tradition in military, security and para-military circles, the NIS chose Wednesday last week, to decorate certain categories of its senior officers with their new ranks. The colourful ceremony, which held at the Service’s headquarters along Airport Road, was witnessed by spouses of the decorated officers, colleagues and well-wishers.
The Comptroller General of Immigration (CGI), Mr. Muhammad Babandede, who took charge at the event, harped on the need for absolute loyalty, dedication to duty, and hard work. The CGI, who affirmed the independence of the Service, warned officers and personnel against lobbying for postings as, according to him, files of those affected would not be treated. The Immigration chief also seized the moment to announce plans to begin drills along border communities, with a view to checking smuggling of firearms, drugs and other cross-border crimes.
This was as he also called for more support from the Federal Government, to enable the Service deploy adequate technology across the about 5, 000 kilometre borders in the country. Babandede said: “In the next few weeks, we are going to do border drill. The minister has approved, and we will inform our colleagues in the military that our patrol has changed.
“We will no longer do our patrols on the streets, where we wait for vehicles to pass. We will also do our patrol based on community patrolling. We will no longer neglect people who live along the borders. “We will work with the communities along the borders because we were aware a lot of borders, you know, have crises in Libya. A lot of people passed through our borders unnoticed to join the communities along the border.
“We will work with the communities to make sure we introduce the community based patrol.” On his appeal for better funding, the CGI said: ” We will continue to do better so that we can make Nigeria safer because a safe border is a safe country .”We have done a lot but we have spoken to the government.
There is need to do a lot of investment in our national borders. “I’m sure you will agree with me that the president have given us a lot of support for patrol vehicles. “We need a lot of support in terms of technology because we cannot patrol with our kegs.
We can’t patrol with our heads. We need modern technology to do this.” While stressing the importance the NIS attached to loyalty, Babandede announced that lobbying had dropped to five per cent.
He said: “I’m glad to tell you that lobbying percentage has fallen to 5 per cent. Officers have adhered to my warning that if you call anybody, you will not go to that place that you want to so . “So, why take the risk? The 5 per cent that called will not get what they want and it will reflect in their secret file for lobbying. I will do it because I want to sustain discipline in the service. “I expect nothing from you but 100 per cent; loyalty, not 99 per cent loyalty to work, loyalty to accountability.
“If an officer does not attend decoration, he will be made to pay penalty and may even lose his ranking, and we will put it in the conditions for service. “For those who didn’t attend decoration today, they will write why they didn’t attend and if they don’t have a good reason , I will send a recommendation to the board. ” Earlier, the Service’s spokesman, Deputy Comptroller of Immigration (DCI) James, had given a breakdown of the number of officers promoted. James, who was also elevated, had stated thus: “The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) decorates newly promoted senior officers today 24th January, 2018.
The decoration…at the Nigeria Immigration Service Headquarters is for officers promoted to the rank of Assistant Comptroller General (ACG) and Comptroller of Immigration Service (CIS). “There are 23 ACGs and 58 CISs (among them 25 per cent are female) decorated by the Comp-troller General of Immigration and other dignitaries.
“The decoration of the newly promoted officers from the rank of Deputy Comptroller of Immigration (DCI) to the rank of Senior Inspectors of Immigration (SII) continues across all formations by respective heads of formations. “The Comptroller General of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede MFR, has congratulated the newly promoted officers and charged them to see promotion as a call for more commitment and dedication to duty.”
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