The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has urged Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) personnel to be exceptional and professional in the discharge of their duties.
Aregbesola gave the charge on Thursday at the inauguration of the Enugu State Command office complex of the organization.
He recalled how the office was vandalized during the #EndSARS protest and expressed delight that it had been rebuilt by the Federal Government with the support of some illustrious citizens of the state.
He said: “Contemporary realities are pointing clearly to the fact that conducive workplace environment is a huge critical factor to productivity.
“The minimum facility you can provide for a man who bears arms is not only a place of safety but that where his best capacity can be easily harnessed.
“President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had done much to improve the infrastructure in the four agencies in the ministry.”
Aregbesola also urged the NIS personnel not to lose sight of its responsibility and service to the Nigerian people.
“I, therefore, charge you to be exceptional in your conduct always.
“Immigration is the first contact that foreigners have with our country and the first impression, they say, lasts the longest.
“You must, therefore, strive to be professional and above all be patriotic.
“On no account must Nigeria’s image be damaged or undesirable element that could harm our nation slip in, under your watch, through commission or omission,” the minister said.
In a speech, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, thanked the president for his initiative in building a gigantic immigration service complex within a record time in Enugu.
Ugwuanyi, represented by Dep. Gov. Cecilia Ezeilo, pledged the state government’s willingness to continue to partner and support NIS and federal government in securing the people.
The Comptroller-General of NIS, Mr Muhammed Babandede, thanked the government and people of Enugu State for their support.
Babandede, however, advised operatives of the command to continue to be loyal and patriotic to the nation, while being vigilant in discharging their assignment.
He gave an assurance that the present passport shortage in the state would soon become a thing of the past with the inauguration of the command’s new office complex.
The ceremony was attended by the Traditional Ruler of Nike, near Enugu, Igwe Julius Nnaji, Catholic Bishop of Enugu, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga, Sariki Hausawa in Enugu, Abubakar Samba, and top government functionaries, amongst others. (NAN)