By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Barely a year to retire from service, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede has said that his dream is to produce a successor that will be better than him.
He posited that achieving the dream will be his greatest achievement.
Speaking during an interview with some selected journalists, Babandede said it would amount to a failure if the institution cannot produce a successor that is better than him.
In order to guarrantee a better successor, the NIS boss said he has ensured that all senior officers from the rank of comptroller and above partake in leadership training in the area of emotion intelligence and other skills to prepare them for the future.
His words, ” My dream is to produce a better person to succeed me as CGI. That will be my greatest achievement. If the institution did not produce someone that is better than me, then I have not succeeded. Development of NIS as an institution is paramount to me as officer in charge now.
All the senior officers from the rank of comptroller and above, I have ensured that they all partake in leadership training in the area of emotion intelligence and other skills to prepare them for the future”.
Babandede, who spoke on myriad of issues asserted that the Nigeria Immigration Service despite not being a revenue generation agency has contributed immensely to the growth of the nation’s economy.
He disclosed that the NIS internally generated revenue has increased geometrically since he assumed office in 2016.
” In last few years that I have been on board as Comptroller General of Immigration (CGI), we have been looking at the relationship between the economy and immigration. Although, we are not revenue generating agency however if you look at what we have been able to generate in last five years, we have made appreciable impacts on the economy.
The NIS internally generated revenue in Naira was N25 billion in 2015. After I assumed office in 2016, we generated N36 billion. In 2017, we netted N38 billion, in 2018, it was N39 billion and in 2019, we made N52 billion. While we are not operating like a business agency, we are helping to build the economy through remittance to the national purse and partnership with Nigerian companies generating revenue for the government.
“Aside that, we have been able to contribute to the growth of foreign exchange earnings such that between 2015 and 2019, we made $29 million, $30 million, $29 million, $36 million and $41 million respectively.
“All went directly into the government purse. A very interesting dimension is the introduction of 79 visa categories by the NIS that is encouraging income to nation.”, the NIS Comptroller General emphasized.