By Ajibola Abayomi,
The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service Muhammad Babandede, MFR, has been conferred with an award of “Icon of excellence”.
The CGI superintends over about 27,000 workforce in zonal, state and special commands, divisional and area offices, patrol bases spread across 36 states and FCT, 774 Local Government in the country, 52 Missions abroad.
These is apart from other special formations like airports, seaports , land border frontiers, Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) in 14 locations along the flanks of Nigerian borders, area offices put in place migration management and border management to guarantee safe border as the lead agency in border security.
A statement signed by the National Public Relations Officer of the NIS, Deputy Comptroller James Sunday said the award by the Institute of Disaster Management and Safety Science was well deserved considering the safety and healthy environment put in place during the lockdown with the gradual ease of the lockdown by the government.
James added that the multiplicity of tasks to be undertaken at the approved international airports after the lifting of ban on International flights and commencement of flight operations has the ability to increase requests for travel documents such as the international passport by Nigerians and entry visas by Non Nigerians into the nation for diverse purposes.
“This human mobility call migration if not properly manage through a secured border has the ability to aggravate the spread of Covid-19 by International travelers and locals that cross the borders for economic, socio-cultural, tourism, religious and other mandatory activities that necessitates travels and migration.
“The Institutes award is timely and has the ability to encourage the CGI to step up Safety and Healthy Working Environment in all the services windows to deliver optimally and guarantee safety for prospective service seeking populace, this is a moral boosting award that should be extended to Chief Executives to spur them to do more”.
Babandede MFR thanked the institute, its board and facilitators for driving all disaster and safety managers to work around the clock thereby making the country stronger and with lessons learnt by other nations from the Nigerian model of control that helped reduced the spread of Covid-19.
He was quick to remind Nigerians and non Nigerians of the closure of land borders which is still in force until there is directive from government to do otherwise.
The CGI charged the NIS operatives at the border frontiers to keep vigil in compliance with the government directive at their duty posts.