President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Nigeria Immigration Service to improve surveillance and control around the nation’s borders to safeguard the security of the country.
Virtually commissioning the Nigeria Immigration Service Command and Control Centre in Abuja, the President urged the Service to ensure that criminal elements did not find Nigeria as a safe haven to hide and perpetrate criminality.
The President also instructed security agencies to raise their performance in protecting lives and property, with a mandate that the country’s Global Security Index must be improved.
He gave assurance that the administration would give them the much-needed support to ease their operations.
The President urged the Service to collaborate with International Security Organizations like the INTERPOL in safeguarding the borders.
He urged them to develop strong working relationships and ties with the international community and friendly nations as regards migration management; and adopt and implement workable strategies from them.
The President said frontline workers and operators should remember that they were the images of Nigeria to the world, and must therefore show the best face of the country habitually.
He said the project was in line with the vision of the current administration to formulate and implement policies that would protect and enhance the lives and standards of living for Nigerians.
The President commended the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, for consistently pushing for the completion of the Technology Building, which will serve as a repository of personal data of Nigerians and expatriates resident in Nigeria.
President Buhari also congratulated officers and men of the NIS for their dedication and work towards changing into a World Class Migration Management Agency.