The Federal Government has directed the Nigeria Immigration Service to ensure strict implementation of the new Border Management Strategy which was unveiled in Lagos on Friday.
The Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, gave the directive while declaring open the Comptroller-General Management Retreat, 2019 and inauguration of the Border Management Strategy document.
He said that the retreat was organised for the management cadre officers to brainstorm and fashion out means of implementing the reforms being carried out by the service in line with President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s focus on security, economy and transparency.
Aregbesola said further that the retreat would provide the major input in the development of several strategic documents for NIS to cover 2019 – 2023, adding that the officers and men of the service must act as moral agents and in the best interest of the country.
The minister said, “The primary role of the Nigeria Immigration Service is the security of the border and migration management. No unwanted, suspicious and criminal person must be allowed entry into our nation just as we are to prevent the exit from Nigeria of all known domestic real felons and or domestic potential felons from leaving Nigeria to tarnish our image abroad.”
The minister observed further that technology and transparency remained paramount for efficient and effective border security management.