Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) has congratulated the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, MFR and his team for winning the prestigious presidential award.
At the JIFORM’s maiden international migration summit last year in Abuja, the CGI was awarded prestigious leadership award.
Speaking on the award, an elated Ajibola Abayomi, the President/Executive Director of JIFORM, said the feat was not surprising because of the excellent leadership Babandede has shown since assumption of office in 2016.
“We cannot but congratulate the humble achiever. Babandede’s humility and dedication to duties are second to none. During my interaction with him, I found in him, a distinguished career officer who believes in building institution rather than personal ego ditto for the National Public Relations Officer of the NIS, Deputy Comptroller Sunday James.
“We are proud to identify with this and congratulations to the enviable agency for the laudable feat” he said.
The NIS in the week was honoured by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) at the Banquet Hall of State House Presidential Villa with the prestigious award as The Most Reform Minded Agency 2020.
The service under Babandede had undertaken various reforms adding values to the ease of doing business through the Visa regime.
On February 4, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR presented the Nigeria Visa Policy 2020 to the public as a product of visa reform that has transformed the countries visa regime in the Diplomatic Circle and practice as well as the Biometric e-visa for international travelers to Nigeria.
The NIS, in 2015 documented and processed reform for all official documents as a way of rendering services to the public.
This has culminated in the review of the Immigration Act of 1963 birthing the Immigration Act 2015, Immigration Regulation 2017, Nigeria Immigration Service National Border Management 2019-2023, Immigration Manual 2019 for laws, Regulations, and processes of issuance of facilities across the NIS service widows.
In line with reforms embarked upon within three years, the passport document and process was reviewed resulting in the production of the 10 year validity enhanced passport with over 25 security features.
This is in line with ICAO standard for travel documents of the category passport à standard used in rating the standard of passport globally, also the refugee passport called Convention Passport and other categories of passports.
Also, the NIS National Border Management Strategy 2019 – 2023 is the driver document for the Border Management Strategy emplaced to strengthen secured and safe border, 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 (4) International Airports in the country.
Not only that, 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, salaries and all emoluments to be e-based to streamline the Management and administration processes.
With the NIS Migration reform on July 15, 2019, President Buhari commissioned the Migrant e-registration exercise to register all non-Nigerians residing in Nigeria and the Six (6) Months presidential amnesty to pave way for those on Irregular status to get documented.
This also allows for processing relevant documents that ensure their regular stay lawfully in the country thus this forming 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.