Governor Idris Wada Charges Nigeria Immigration Service To Intensify Support To Security Agencies In Kogi State.
Joseph Amedu, Lokoja Governor Idris Wada has urged the Nigeria Immigration Service ( NIS) to intensify its support to the state security agencies in addition to its statutory role of registering and monitoring of expatriates, passport administration and issuing of other relevant international travelling documents.
The governor gave the charge when the new state Comptroller of Immigration; Alhaji Zakari Baba Ali paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the Government House Lokoja yesterday. Captain Wada who expressed satisfaction with the performance of the immigration officers in the state, promised to look into the teething problems hampering their smooth operation. While advising the Officers and men of the immigration service to cooperate with other security agencies.
The governor admonished them to be vigilant as the state is prone to invasion by criminals due to its strategic position in view of its neighbourliness to many states and route to the north and southern parts of the country. He pointed out that government will consider the accommodation and logistics problems facing the organization with so as to enable the officers put in their maximum service to the benefit of the people of the state.
The state Comptroller, Alhaji Zakari Baba Ali who expressed pleasure for the opportunity given to him to work in Kogi state, thanked the Governor and the people of the state for the warm hospitality accorded him since his arrival.
Comptroller Ali stated that his vision and mission for the Immigration in the state is to discharge his statutory responsibility with out fear or favour and make the state a non hidden place for illegal immigrants, While pledging to complement the efforts of other security agencies in the state, he rolled out other statutory functions of the Immigration service to include issuing of passports,ECOWAS travel certificate, Combined Expatriate Resident Permit(CERPAC) and alien card, Alien Movement card (Brown Card) as well as monitoring of all admitted Aliens and immigrants among others..
He also hinted that part of the National Identity Card Management Commission is attached to the Immigration office for easy identification to prevent national identity cards falling in to hands of aliens. Considering the number of Nigerians and Expatriate that patronise Immigration office in the state, the comptroller pleaded with the state government to assist with a conducive and befitting office accommodation to cater for applicants seeking for the facilities in view of the fact that they are operating from a rented residential apartment with no space.