By Favour Nnabugwu
Nigeria Immigration Service ( NIS) has passed out a total of 548 Cadets from the Immigration Training School in Kano
The Cadets after a six-month period of physical drills and academic training.made up of 132 females and 416 males got enlisted into the Service in August last year and were mobilized to the School for the mandatory training for Cadets sometime in November 2021.
Speaking at the Passing out Parade (POP) ceremony, the Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola advised the Cadets to chart a career path of honour, integrity and dignity as they begin a significant aspect of their lives noting that those virtues are indispensable especially in any regimented environment such as NIS.
He stated that one of the main reasons for their enlistment is for them to make useful contributions to the nation’s border security efforts.
The minister maintained that “without secure borders, no security measure can work because external criminal-minded persons can infiltrate the country and escape at will, if the borders are not well secured”.
He therefore, enjoined the Cadets to utilize the energy and enterprising spirit of the youths to make useful contributions into the ongoing reform efforts in the Service and should regularly strive never to let down the Service that has giving them the opportunity to serve.
The Minister was the Parade Reviewing Officer was represented by a Commissioner at the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB), Maj. Gen. (rtd) Emmanuel E Bassey.
He maintained that NIS as an institution has consistently placed high premium and investments on staff training and retraining efforts.
“Our job is high-tech driven; we have highly sophisticated local and international publics to attend to and today’s dynamic world environment demands that Personnel of the Service must be nothing but top-notched professionals who should regularly demonstrate uncommon expertise in the ICT controlled world environment”, he noted.
The acting Comptroller General thanked the Federal government for the enormous support to the Service’s eBorder project and noted that the deployment of ICT solutions to complement border patrol efforts remains very critical to safe and secure border arrangements for the country. He reiterated the Service’s commitment to enabling an enhanced Border security and effective migration management structure and called on the graduates to bring out the benefits of their training in the school to impact meaningfully in their field operations. He assured of adequate rewards for good performances as well as appropriate sanctions for those that would do the contrary.
Earlier, the Commandant of the School, CIS Rano Sabo had stated that throughout the six months training programme the Cadets have distinguished themselves worthy in characters and conducts and so should be commissioned and admitted into the Officers’ cadre of the Service.