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Immigration head announces set of reforms

04 September 2015, 12:15

Abuja - The newly-appointed Comptroller General of Immigration Service, Martins Kure Abeshi, has announced a series of operational reforms to enhance the agency’s operations.

According to the service’s Public Relations Officer, Chukwuemeka Obua, some of the reforms include deepening of Internal Control/Monitoring, Border Security and Patrol as well as robust engagement with critical stakeholders of the Service with the purpose of evolving a “Citizen Inclusive Immigration Service.”

The reform in border security, Abeshi is said to have stated, would require a revitalization and re-invigoration of the moribund Air Border Patrol Unit to its former enviable status as the premier Aerial Border Patrol Unit in Nigeria.

Abeshi affirmed that cases of sharp practices such as extortion, touting and general staff indiscipline would be frontally checked just as enormous attention would be paid to the welfare of officers and men.

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He promised to continue with the staff Multipurpose Co-operative Scheme of the Service which would dovetail into the incorporation of National Immigration Service (NIS) Micro Finance Bank.

Abeshi further assured that the NIS under his leadership would intensify efforts at addressing the disturbing rate of human trafficking in the country.

“He thereafter directed all heads of formations to put machinery on ground in their various formations to stop the ignoble practice,” his spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, in a related development, the Comptroller-General of Immigration was on Thursday scheduled to meet Passport Control Officers

(PCOs) across all formations of the Service to “read the Riot Act to them in line with the zero tolerance for corruption policy of the new administration.”

- CAJ News

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