The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has disclosed that plans are underway to recruit additional 5,000 personnel into the service, an employment gesture said its aimed at addressing manpower deficit in the service
The Advocate reports that the Acting Comptroller-General (CG) Idris Jere made the disclosure on Saturday while fielding questions from journalists in Dutse, explaining that with regards to inadequate personnel, the service just concluded recruitment into the service and the recruits undergoing training as at the time of this report.
“With regards to inadequate personnel in the NIS, as you know, we’ve just concluded recruitment into the service and we’re training those recruits now. As you’re also aware, the government has placed embargo on recruitment, but lifted that on security agencies, because security is key. So, we’ve written to the President and I’m very sure we will get approval to recruit about 5,000 more personnel into the NIS,” he said.
The Acting Comptroller-General added that the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, had sent a memo to President Muhammadu Buhari, who has indicated his willingness to approve the request.
The Immigration boss reiterated that the service efforts to secure Nigerian borders for national peace and development will always be paramount, stressing that the service will soon deploy technology to enhance its efforts geared towards the safety and protection of the nation’s borderlines.
“For instance, Jigawa borders Niger Republic and the distance is about 1,680kms, which is very big for immigration officers to patrol. So, technology is the answer to this problem. And happily the Federal Government had approved the e-border that will cover Maigatari here in Jigawa and other borders across the country’, he said
“We have infrastructure already, so cameras and drones will be used so as to patrol the borders adequately, but this is capital intensive. But, I want to assure you that the deployment of this technology will soon start’, Jere said.
He appealed to the state government to assist the Immigration service with vehicles in order to ensure constant patrol of the Maigatari border, as well as traditional institutions to support the service with vital information about suspicious movements for appropriate and prompt action.
“Information is vital and these people committing crimes are not demons, they are within us. So, provide us (Immigration Service) with credible information about suspicious persons or movements so that we act appropriately and promptly. When we get credible information about criminals, it will enable us to prevent them from causing havoc. Crime prevention is cheaper than fighting it’, he emphasized.