By Ajibola Abayomi,
The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede MFR, has said the primary focus of national security was securing the nation’s borders and its people.
The immigration boss asserted that the nation would be better by harvesting every information about a migrant before entry, at the point of entry and while within the country.
He made the comments while delivering a presentation titled National Security And Human Capital Development: The Role of NIS at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru, Plateau State on Thursday.
Speaking as an expert on border security and migration studies, he averred that “national security” should be pictured as a person that needs to be healthy, psychologically sound, and financially buoyant to serve the purpose it was meant to serve.”
The CGI stated according to a statement issued by the National Spokesman of NIS, Deputy Comptroller James Sunday that securing the nation was national security and how it impacted on human capital development vis-à-vis the mission and vision of the service.
He added that the country’s national security has a lot to do with human capital development because of human element, control of exit and entry of migrants into a country, when properly controlled guaranteed a secured nation.
“The human capital development aspect of the NIS with respect to national security has to do with how effective the service is able to control before entry, control at the point of entry, control after entry by the deployment of border security and migration control tools i. e e-visa, MIDAS, e-migrant registration, e-border technology, visa on Arrival, Biometric Visa, etc” Babandede said.
According to him, NIS’s approach to “national security is in the areas of migration control, border management strategy, establishment of fully equipped and functional Forward Operating Base(FOB), the Technology Building under construction at the NIS Headquarters as the hub for data collation for dissemination to other sister security services when commissioned.”