The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, has reiterated the commitment of the service to fulfill its mandate in area of effective border management.
Babandede made this known Monday at a sensitization forum for stakeholders on National Border Management Strategy (NBMS)organized by the service in collaboration with International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Babandede was represented by Mrs Cecilia Adeuyi, the Assistant Controller General in charge of Training and Manpower.
“NIS is committed to fulfilling its mandate in border management in a fully professional manner, in close cooperation with all partners, to ensure that border management in Nigeria makes substantive positive contribution in five areas.”
He listed the five areas to include enhancing national security, contributing to national economic development, reinforcing social harmony, fulfilling international agreements and partnership, and ensuring migrants human rights and the protection of vulnerable migrants.
In his remarks, the representative of IOM, Mr Amos Ojo, reiterated the commitment of IOM to continue to partner NIS on issues of migrants and urged for sustain collaboration.
In his welcome address, the Adamawa Command Comptroller of Immigration, Alhaji Mohammed Alhassan, said NBMS was crucial for improving regional stability and for collaborative effort among security agencies.
“We need to strengthen inter-agency cooperation for good border management. All the security agencies, leaders of border communities and other relevant authorities must work together.
“We also need international cooperation with our neighboring countries,” Alhassan said.
In their respective remarks, Gov Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Maxwell Gidado and the Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Barkindo Mustafa represented by the Galadima of Adamawa, Alhaji Mustafa Aminu, describe the meeting as timely and assured their commitment to collaborate with NIS and other security agencies in implementing measures to address border security.