The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola and the acting Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Isah Jere Idris, have reiterated the NIS’ border management and security roles.
They, according to a statement yesterday by the NIS spokesman, Amos Okpu, spoke during the passing-out-parade for participants of the 47th Superintendent Basic Course of Nigeria Immigration Service at the NIS training school in Kano on Tuesday.
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Aregbesola told the newly inducted 548 cadets that the “overriding reason for their employment is the security of Nigeria’s borders.
“Your engagement into the Nigeria Immigration Service reaffirms the government’s commitment to strengthening our internal security of which our borders are an integral part of. Without secure borders, no security measure can work.
“Even the economic security of a people is threatened when borders are not properly manned.”
On his part, the NIS boss urged the new cadets to improve their technical and technology skills.
He said the ongoing deployment of the electronic-border management system would soon phase out the challenges currently identified with the system.
He said: “We’re retooling our border security structures following the adoption of the eBorder project which would demand massive deployment of human and ICT logistics for effective border security operations across control posts.”