The Assistant Comptroller General (ACG) of Immigration, Zone A, Oluremi Ajoke Talabi, recently visited the Lagos Command of the Immigration Service.
Lagos Command is part of Zone A which has under it Ogun State Command, Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA Command, Seme Border Command, Lagos Border Patrol Command, Idiroko Border Command, Lagos Seaport and Marine Command as well as the Passport Control Command.
A statement signed by the Lagos Command spokesman, Jide Ogungbe, and made available to NAOSRE, said the ACG was received on arrival by the Command’s Comptroller of Immigration Service, CIS, Bauchi Aliyu.
Addressing officers and men of the Command, Talabi commended the Aliyu led team for carrying out their duties without attracting complaints from the public. She warned officers against revealing any official information that is meant to be treated as confidential.
“Lagos Command has the highest number of personnel in the country, a fact that calls for utmost professionalism in the overall interest of Nigeria in line with the administrative policies of President Muhammadu Buhari and Comptroller General of Immigration.” She pointed out.
The ACG mandated officers to be watchful for fraudulent documents and revealed that the Service is currently implementing electronic-powered mechanisms that’ll make it easier to identify fraudulent documents.
Earlier, the Lagos Command CIS Aliyu, in his address, gave a detailed account to the Zonal Coordinator with specific regards to the challenges and developments in the Command.
He said his priority project on assumption of office was to improve the condition of the command’s Provisional and Annex offices, a task he noted has been accomplished strictly through Corporate Social Responsibility, CRS, and support from friends of the Service. The CIS also revealed that he was able to construct both the Quarter Guard and Parade Ground through the same donations.
“There is an imminent plan by the International Organization for Migration to fully fund and oversee the construction of a Personnel Training and Resource Centre for the Lagos Command. We are also planning to build additional toilet and bathroom facilities to augment the existing ones.” Aliyu further disclosed.
According to Aliyu a committee established by the command is currently working on the development of a compendium that would offer a concise interpretative collection of the most frequently violated Immigration laws for the sensitization of stakeholders.
He noted that the Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu ,has donated land that can accommodate the construction of the Service Headquarters structure in Lagos following his visit adding that his persistent verbal and written requests have resulted in the setting up of a Security Forum headed by the Secretary to the State Government for Intel and ideas sharing amongst security agencies in the state.
He stated the proposal he submitted to the Governor’s Office for the planned mop-up and repatriation operation of irregular migrants residing in the state.
The CIS urged the ACG to facilitate the deployment of junior officers and drivers as well as the completion of the Command building project.
He also requested support for the proposed inclusion of the E-Migrant registration slip as a checklist for resident permit applications; the setting up of a Music Band and the renovation of the Command Holding Centre.
The ACG however, promised to support within available resources and called for more commitment to duties.