Isah Idris, the comptroller general of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), has assured Nigerians that they can expect additional passport improvements that will lessen the system’s existing burdens.
The CG said that the launch of the new, better passport system would intensify passport reforms in Nigeria for the best possible performance of the NIS mandate.
Idris made the commitment during the agency’s Friday in Abuja decoration ceremony for newly promoted senior officials to the ranks of Assistant Comptroller Generals (ACGs) and Comptrollers of Immigration.
He said that the agency’s three key areas of focus—e-border management, passport changes, and employee welfare—have all seen improvements as a result of its commitment to achieving its goals.
As a law enforcement and service delivery organization, he continued, “Our statutory responsibility requires that we expertly deploy our finest hands across service and operational windows to ensure that we consistently and continuously leave enduring impressions on people with whom we interact.
“With primary attention given to human capacity development and prompt advancement of officers and men, we are making every effort to wonderfully perform our mandate.”
“The NIS is saddled with the administration of migration hence; we have taken appropriate procedures including deployment of technology in the fulfillment of our responsibility,” the CGIS noted.
However, he gave the newly elevated senior officers—11 ACGs and 35 Comptrollers—a mission to demonstrate their devotion and dedication to service by working hard, being committed, exercising self-control, and being honest and ethical, among other qualities.
“Promotion is a product of high level exercise, hard work, devotion, self-discipline, honesty, integrity, and above all, loyalty,” he told the recently promoted officers. The sum of the other virtues is loyalty since people who must command must first learn to follow.
“As you wear your new ranks, your coordination, perspective, and focus must be absolutely service centered, nationalistic, just, and fair in all you dealings,” reads the instruction manual. “Your new ranks automatically places you in positions to make critical decisions that will determine the fate of officers and men as well as the course of progress in the Service.”
Tony Akuneme, the Service’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), who was promoted to the position of Comptroller of Immigration, told reporters that the immense responsibility associated with the new ranks is a call for greater dedication and service to the country.
As a representative of the service, he claimed to have inspired his subordinates to embrace the position of a PRO with zeal, accountability, and selflessness because his new rank carries new obligations.
On expressing his joy over the promotion, Akuneme said: “If you love your country, there is no way you won’t be able to put in extra effort and hours whether you are paid for it or not as long as you see the results.
“I am pleased that the media is helping to shift the narrative and perception of the service, with the NIS being in the news for the appropriate and positive reasons. I am confident that this will continue even if I am given other responsibilities.”