President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to tighten security around the nation’s borders.
President Buhari gave the charge while virtually inaugurating the NIS Technology Building on Thursday, according to a statement issued by Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.
The statement quoted the president as saying that the NIS should ensure that criminals do not find Nigeria as a safe haven to hide and perpetuate their criminality.
He also instructed all security agencies to raise their performance in protecting lives and property, assuring them that his administration will provide the needed support for their operations.
He also urged the NIS to collaborate with international security organisations like INTERPOL in safeguarding the borders.
The statement read: “As a security agency, I charge you to be relentless in carrying out your statutory duties of keeping our borders safe while you ensure that criminal elements don’t find Nigeria as a safe haven to hide and perpetrate their criminality.
“I urge you to actively collaborate with international security organisations like the INTERPOL, in safeguarding our borders. Remember that a safe border is a prerequisite for a safe nation.
“You must develop strong working relationships and ties with the international community and friendly nations as it relates to migration management; adopt and implement workable strategies from them while also sharing your best practices.
“Frontline workers and operators should remember that they are our windows to the world. They must show the best face of Nigeria at all times.
President Buhari commended the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, for consistently pushing for the completion of the Technology Building, which will serve as the Command and Control Centre of the NIS, as well as the repository of personal data of Nigerians and expatriates resident in Nigeria.
“This is in line with the vision of our administration to formulate and implement policies that will protect and enhance the lives and standards of living for Nigerians.
“This administration is relentless in its avowed desire to create an enabling business environment that will usher in economic boom for Nigerians and all those who do business with and in Nigeria,” the statement read.
The president also congratulated all officers and men of the NIS for their dedication and work towards changing into a world-class Migration Management Agency.
In his remarks, Aregbesola was quoted as assuring all that the security challenges facing the country are temporal and surmountable, pointing out that the “weakest link’’ had been the land borders and the Technology Building will play a pivotal role in the control of illegal migration.
The Comptroller General of NIS, Muhammed Babandede, said the Technology Building remains the best project the service had ever initiated and completed since it was established in 1958.
According to him, the deployment of technology from the Control Room will optimize intelligence, ensure that no passport lost, stolen or re-issued can be presented in any part of the world, and enhance synchronization and virtual sharing of information with other security outfits, both local and international.