Nigeria Immigration harps on national security

By Eme Offiong, Calabar

Officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service in Calabar, the capital of Cross River State in Southern Nigeria.

The officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service have been urged to protect the nation’s integrity and maintain standards in the call to serve.

The Comptroller Immigration, Cross River Command, Okey Ezugwu gave the charge at the launch of a 9-point operational guide tagged “Operation Service First” in Calabar, the capital of the southern Nigerian State.

Ezugwu explained each points in details to the officers and men of the command, stressing on the importance of discipline, dedication, integrity, national security and hard work.

“It is no longer business as usual. We must get back immigration to international best practices. Let us think about immigration service first, think of our country. These plans, henceforth, will be our guiding principles,” he said.

According to him, to ensure strict compliance to the newly unveiled guidelines, regular supervision and monitoring would be taken seriously across all immigration formation in Cross River.

“I am going to monitor its implementation in all the formations within the command. I intend to ensure that we all do the right thing. I will not condone any contravention of the immigration principles,” Ezugwu stated.

The Comptroller further warned officers and men within Cross River Command to avoid any form of compromise that may expose the country to external aggression.

He said;“this is a paramilitary organization, not a community association. I expect the highest level of productivity as far as this command is concerned. We are employed to secure the country and must be vigilante not to admit anyone person, who is of security concern into this country.

“We must never compromise national security and we must keep everything that would distract us from focusing entirely from securing this country out of our way.”

He decried the rate at which foreigners have assumed the identity of Nigerians in one of the boundary communities, saying; “I visited one of the local governments where non-Nigerians were pretending and masquerading as Nigerians.”

“No one must compromise standards. I want us to love this country, love this job and love to secure this country because we have no other one. We must appreciate the tax payers money by enhancing the security of Nigeria,” the State Comptroller stated.

Economic Role
Ezugwu advised the personnel to joyfully and passionately offer quality, satisfactory service to the public as well as avoid intimidation of anyone, which may impact negatively on the service, noting “our service is our pride”.

He stressed the need for the personnel to contribute to the economic growth of Nigeria by attracting investors through diligent service delivery, who would in return create employment opportunities for the people.

The Comptroller used the occasion to present meritorious service awards to two retired officers of the command, Deputy Comptroller Immigration, Ime Unaowo Nta and the Assistant Comptroller of Immigration, Festus Ayelomi.



Mercy Chukwudiebere