The comptroller-general of Immigration (CGI), Alhaji Mohammed Babandede, has attributed the high incidence of insurgency and other crimes in the country to the porous borders which allows insurgents in.
He said the challenge of porous borders is militating against the successful conduct of the immigration service in Nigeria. He added that this has given rise to high rate of criminality and sabotage of government policies.
Babandede said as a result of this, immigration officers cannot effectively man the entire borders in Nigeria.
The CGI who spoke while taking delivery of two classroom blocks and two boreholes executed for the Immigration Training School in Kano by Bristow Helicopters, however, said, ‘’There’s no country in the world that is not facing border challenges.”
He added that the service has a herculean task controlling the 140 borders across the country.
Babandede, while thanking Bristow Helicopters for the good gesture, noted the recent establishment of Immigration Technology Building by President Muhammadu Buhari, to serve as a data and command centre for the country.
He said the training centre is an everlasting legacy that will enhance learning and capacity building. He expressed confidence that the entire concept of border security has been revolutionized, which means “we will be able to patrol, based on the concept of technology.”
‘’I am glad to say that this will change the method of border control, which would no longer be physical, as it would be purely based on technology on what is happening at our borders. The duty of Immigration is to ensure the entry and exit of screened people, so, we will be able to tell all security agencies of the threat of unwanted persons, like those, who want to enter our premises. That is the revolution,’’ he said.
‘’We can’t handle 21st century crime, with an 11th century mindset. We are going to be ahead of the criminals.”
‘’We need to have spread, more at our borders, which means, we need to buy more border patrol vehicles. We need to establish more border control posts. We need to have enough vehicles to patrol the country’s border axis. While together, we are using technology to solve the problems, which require heavy investment. And I would like to say that this administration, within the past three years has invested heavily in our borders, if only it could be sustained, the country would be safer,’’ he added.
In his keynote address, Bristow managing director, Captain Oladapo Oyedipe said, they chose to assist Immigration service because it is actually the face of Nigeria.
He said, ‘’Invariably, they are the last people you will see on your way out and probably the first people you will see on your way in. So, it is important that they are trained to the highest standard that you can find globally.”
In his address, the Commandant of the Training School, Barrister Idris Olusegun, thanked Bristow management for building the two classroom blocks, for the training of cadets at the superintendent level.
According to him, it would enhance the capacity building of the Immigration Service towards advancing the country’s frontiers.
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