Minister decries porous borders




Minister of Interior Abdrahaman Dambazau (rtd) has lamented that the country’s greatest security challenge is porous borders.
Dambazau, however said that security operatives have stepped up in putting a stop to smuggling of arms, human and drug trafficking among other social vices at the borders.
The minister spoke in Abuja at the official commissioning of projects and decoration of a Deputy Comptroller General of Immigration, (DCG) Juliet Fariku.
Dambazau, who charged the immigration officers said: “We have challenges in the area of security. Our greatest challenge is that our borders are porous and we must find ways of ensuring that we always protect our borders against criminals who are involved in the smuggling of arms, humans and drugs.
“These are the things we must stop. We must support government in the area of moving the economy forward. You are all aware of the presidential order of the ease of doing business. The order is very important if we must attract investors. We must ensure that we have security in the country. We must protect our borders. We must be able to issue visas on time.
“Promotion comes with professionalism, hard work, loyalty, integrity. To whom much is given much is expected. The newly decorated DCG, we are expecting a lot more from you. You will sleep less now because you have to think more. I am sure this development will encourage others to work hard because it pays. You should all support what the management is doing, you must be part of the progress. The new DCG missed it last year but these years she has it.”
The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede advised officers and men of the service to be loyal to service and shun corrupt practices.
He expressed joy over what he described as a well deserved promotion urging others to be hard working.
The minister later commissioned some Infrastructural Projects at the Service Headquarters, Abuja, which include the Conference Centre, Road Networks and Tree Planting.
Babandede said that the Conference Centre will house the training centre, seminar and workshop for improved capacity building; the Road Networks is to redefine the architectural structure of the NIS Service Headquarters and accessibility while the Tree Planting is for a green environment.
Minister also decorated the newly promoted Deputy Comptroller General DCG Fariku with her new Rank.

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