Immigration Boss Tasks Personnel On Professionalism, Transparency Conduct

Comptroller addressing a cross section of Officers at the Command

By Maritime Security News

Comptroller Abdulkadir Garo of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Seaports/Marine Command, has warned the Officers of the Command against conducts capable of undermining the image of the service and the security of the country.

Garo, who gave the warning in a statement in Lagos on Tuesday, also reminded the officers and men of the command of their statutory role as gatekeepers of the country.

The statement quoted Garo to have given the warning at a meeting he held with various units at the command’s headquarters, Apapa, as part of activities marking the 2022 NIS Customer Service Week.

“To mark the 2022 NIS Customer Service Week, the Command has commenced a weeklong sensitisation of the public on its commitment to a healthy service delivery environment.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Customer Service week, which has as its theme, ‘Excellent Service Delivery-A panacea for Corruption’, was declared open on Feb. 14 by the Acting Comptroller-General of Immigration, Isah Idris at the Service Headquarters, Abuja.

“Among other highlights, the Command is engaging critical stakeholders, particularly vessel crews and agents of shipping companies, with a view to interrogating the conducts of immigration personnel during boarding and clearance procedures.

“To this end, handbills, questionnaires and other sensitisation materials are being distributed to the targeted segment of the public,” he said.

Garo, while reiterating the Acting Comptroller-General’s stance on anti-corruption, charged NIS personnel to be professional and be transparent in the discharge of their duties.

According to him, we are here at the port because we have a responsibility to serve others and to ensure that our country is secure.

“For us to successfully execute our statutory mandate, we need the understanding of other stakeholders in the port environment.

“You owe it a duty, therefore, to make them understand your role,” he said.

The comptroller also said that the Command was working hand-in-hand with the Port Standing Task Team to ensure the successful implementation of the Nigerian Port Process Manual.

Garo, who reminded the Officers and men about NIS’ membership of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), said that erring personnel would be sanctioned accordingly.

“We cannot afford to occupy a back seat in the operationalisation of the presidential directive on ease of doing business; knowing fully well that the Service is a member of PEBEC,” he said.

The statement was signed by DSI Augustus Maisor, the Public Relations Officer, Lagos Seaports/Marine Command.

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