THE Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, has directed that officers and men of the Service to stay clear of any complicity related to harassment or looting in view of the current state of the nation.
Speaking during the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service parade for the month of October, Babandede reminded the officers that as security operatives, they are required to protect the integrity of the profession and as the first line of contact in projecting the image of the nation.
He enjoined the officers to respect the fundamental rights of law-abiding citizens, who travel across the borders by ensuring no one extorts for any reason a traveler, who has genuine reason and document with well-meaning intention to travel.
Reiterating that border crossing is not subject to collection of fee apart from those that must pay online for Visa on Arrival, VOA, he noted that ECOWAS member states are ECOWAS citizens and have visa abolition exemption and not to be subjected to payments of any fee, while crossing the border with valid travel documents and through recognized entry points whenever the borders are opened by the government.
According to Babandede, the service is in the forefront of Citizens’ diplomacy and will always ensure Nigerians are treated with dignity, respect and honour, which the service extends to citizens of other countries.
“The service also will witness facelift by the alignment and harmonisation of ranks of its personnel due to the removal of the dichotomy between HND and Degree holders, which the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service viewed as a relief as an advocate of a skillful personnel against a certificated unskilled personnel,” he said.
A statement by James Sunday, Service Public Relations Officer, stated that many of the officers on the inspectorate cadre will wear new ranks that commensurate to their grades and acrimonies and that rancour associated with dichotomy will be a thing of the past.
– Oct. 29, 2020 @ 13:25 GMT |