The acting Comptroller General of Immigration, Isah Jere Idris, has counselled the 548 newly commissioned personnel of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to deepen their ICT skillsets to enable them to remain relevant in the unfolding realities in the Service.
Amos Okpu, the NIS spokesman, in a statement, quoted the CG as saying this while speaking at the Passing out Parade (POP) ceremony of the cadets at the Immigration Training School in Kano on Tuesday.
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“Our job is high-tech driven; we have highly sophisticated local and international publics to attend to and today’s dynamic world environment demands that personnel of the Service must be nothing but top-notched professionals who should regularly demonstrate uncommon expertise in the ICT controlled world environment”, he noted.
The acting Comptroller General thanked the federal government for the enormous support to the Service’s eBorder project and noted that the deployment of ICT solutions to complement border patrol efforts remains very critical to safe and secure border arrangements for the country.
On his part, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, charged the newly commissioned personnel to make useful contributions to the nation’s border security efforts.
Aregbesola advised the cadets to chart a career path of honour, integrity and dignity as they begin a significant aspect of their lives, noting that those virtues are indispensable, especially in any regimented environment such as NIS.
He stated that one of the main reasons for their enlistment is for them to help in securing the country’s borders.
The Minister maintained that; “without secure borders, no security measure can work because external criminally-minded persons can infiltrate the country and escape at will if the borders are not well secured”.
Aregbesola, who was the Parade Reviewing Officer, was represented by a Commissioner at the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB), Maj. Gen. (rtd) Emmanuel E Bassey.
A total of 548 cadets passed out of the training school after a six-month period of physical drills and academic training.
The cadets, made up of 132 females and 416 males, got enlisted into the Service in August last year and were mobilized to the School for the mandatory training for Cadets in November 2021.