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FG Not Taking Reports On ISIS With Levity – Minister



The minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau, has said that government is not waving the recent report that a terrorist group, the Islamic State (ISIS) was sending insurgents trained in Syria to the country as part of a terror exchange programme with flippancy, as all that needed to be fixed to secure the country was being put in place..
Dambazau stated this while fielding questions from newsmen after the presentation of curriculum and training manuals developed fifty five years after the establishment of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) by an Act of Parliament in 1963.

The minister who emphasised that the president Muhammadu Buhari’s led government cannot afford to treat such information with levity, giving the security concerns it has raised said, ‘we don’t mind whether it is true or not. When information like this (influx of ISIS members into the country) comes, we do not take things for granted.’
While unveiling the training manuals, Dambazau stressed the importance of training to the security services, noting that henceforth, promotion of personnel and career progression will be tied to trainings and courses attended by officers.

According to him, ‘We will tie promotion to every course for every rank. There is a course that is expected that you go through for you to qualify a particular rank. There are promotion exams; For progression, training is very important. It is very clear in the immigration rules. There is need for us to give that motivation. It gives you room to work hard. This will apply to all the (security) services,” the minister added. He said, “If you travel a lot, you will see what happens in other countries. They solely focus on training and they will be sent on courses to determine your career progression.”

The Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede disclosed that the curriculum, manuals and teachers guide were prepared by over 30 university professors and professionals. Emphasising on the importance of the document, Danbazzau said, ‘This training manual is important because, we have emerging challenges like security and cross border issues and we need to improve. This is because as we are producing curriculum to combat security challenges, criminals are also producing their own in order to be a step ahead.’

The Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede the manual/Teachers guide will help to further reposition the service to effectively contribute its quota to national development and produce well-trained and better equipped officers.He disclosed that the document was designed to serve as a guide for the four training institutions of the Nigeria Immigration Service; Command and staff college Sokoto, Nigeria Immigration Training School , Kano (ITSK), Nigeria Immigration Training School , Orlu and Nigeria Immigration Training School , Ahoada was reviewed and validated by thirty professors/ doctors as well as 68 senior officers from the aforementioned institutions.

Babandede who expressed joy at the stride attained under his leadership said, ‘Training and manpower development is a strong foundation which is pivotal to the life, continued existence, effectiveness and efficiency of any given organisation, especially one like ours.” He urged all other security agencies to emulate what he termed as laudable example.