NIS Assures Of Resolve To Boost Nation’s Economic, Investment Base

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By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos


With its rating among the top 10 highest revenue generating agencies in the country, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has assured that it will continue to strive to keep its position to boost the economic and investment base of the country.
The Service gave the assurance in a statement at the weekend  by its public relations officer DCI Sunday James on behalf of the Comptroller General.
According to the statement, the Nigeria Immigration Service has attained another lofty height in the revenue generation drive  of the country, when it was listed among the Top 10 Highest Revenue Generating Agencies in Nigeria 2021.
Stating that NIS is 5th on the list, the Agency asserted that the rating is a yardstick for accountability,prudent,transparent and resourceful management by the service leadership emplace which is visible in the yearly/ annual project assessment and review.
Under the leadership of the current administration, it stated that there is no room for financial leakage, adding that every money generated for government is paid into the right account using government approved platforms thereby resulting in the high revenues generated by the service in recent times.

It added that many avenue for abuse and neglect of duty were addressed with the Comptroller General giving marching orders to supervisors at the Headquarters, Zonal and Command levels,and all the service windows, blocking all financial leakages,defaults and non compliance with financial  and Service Rules and other procurement procedures,ethical practices which has helped in re-positioning the service  ,with the introduction of digital e -system in passports, Visas,payment platforms.
The Agency also said the body language of the leadership of the service for zero tolerance to corruption,indolence and deliberate abuse of office by officials has led to summary dismissals,convictions in court,and even handing over to anti graft agencies like ICPC,EFCC and even police for summary investigation of any officer found wanting in the discharge of his or her duties or abuse of office,which hitherto would have embarrassed the service and its leadership.
The statement titled,  “Nigeria Immigration Service Digital Deployment and Improved Service Delivery ,Revenue Generation for Nigeria:” reads ” The Nigeria Immigration Service under the leadership of Muhammad Babandede MFR Comptroller General of Immigration Service has added another plus to its leading position among government agencies in Nigeria,after the landmark event of the virtual Commissioning of its Data Processing and Command Control Centre by President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR the giant turnkey edifice hub of Immigration intelligence  and database for the collation and storage of Biographics and demographics of Nigerians and Non Nigerians in Nigeria who were captured by the NIS using  its diverse digital platforms deployed by the service  at the Foreign Missions,Airports,Land and Sea borders,passport processing offices and centres,Visa issuing offices,Migrants e-registration Centres,and every other special units and formations where migrants and other travellers,visitors data were harvested including that of Nigerians holders of the passport to improve service deliveries,ease of doing business and attract investment into the country, as well making Nigeria a most preferred destination.
The Nigeria Immigration Service has attained another lofty height in the revenue generation drive  of the country, when it was listed among the Top 10 Highest Revenue Generating Agencies in Nigeria 2021 according to the report online, NIS is 5th on the list,this rating is a yardstick for accountability,prudent,transparent and resourceful management by the service leadership emplace which is visible in the yearly/ annual project assessment and review where Zonal Coordinators, State Command Comptrollers and Comptrollers of Special Formations including training schools turn up to give account of stewardship and supervision of projects undertaken in their Commands and formations vis-a-vis funds released to contractors and level of completion of projects which has yielded desired results with the completion of many which were commissioned and others at various levels of completion,the Comptroller General does not entertain abandonment of project,no matter how little to justify monies released for which projects must be completed ,no contractor is sacred ,a failure to execute on standard and time agreed  in the contract agreement attracts sanctions not limited to being forwarded to ICPC or EFCC as the case may be or revocation and refunds using legal processes for recovery from defaulters, which  has helped guide the conscience and consciousness of the contractors by delivering on target time without compromising standards.    
 The body language of the leadership of the service for zero tolerance to corruption,indolence and deliberate abuse of office by officials has led to summary dismissals,convictions in court,and even handing over to anti graft agencies like ICPC,EFCC and even police for summary investigation of any officer found wanting in the discharge of his or her duties or abuse of office,which hitherto would have embarrassed the service and its leadership ,many avenue for abuse and neglect of duty were addressed with the Comptroller General giving marching orders to supervisors at the Headquarters, Zonal and Command levels,and all the service windows blocking all financial leakages,defaults and non compliance with financial  and Service Rules and other procurement procedures ,ethical practices which has helped in re-positioning the service  ,with the introduction of digital e -system in passports, Visas,payment platforms for all facilities issued by the service,there is no room for financial leakage and every money generated for government is paid into the right account using government approved platforms thereby resulting in the high revenues generated by the service in recent times ,with the 2021 rating among the top 10 highest revenue generating agencies in the country, the service will continue to strive to keep its position to boost the economic and investment base of the country in the facilities issued and sources of revenue generation available to the service.                      
The Comptroller General of Immigration Muhammad Babandede MFR  invited  to the Service Headquarters for a Strategic meeting the Deputy Comptroller General at the SHQ,all Assistant Comptrollers General in the Headquarters and Zones,Comptrollers at the Headquarters , Zones ,Commands and Special Formations for a special briefing for the year 2021 as a way forward to sustain the tempo and give direction in line with government expectations from an evolving world class Immigration service,it is not going to be business as usual with the digital age attained by the service”.
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