The minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has commissioned the Nigerian Immigration Service, Enugu State Command Office Complex that was damaged by arsonists during the ENDSARS protest.
While commissioning the office, the minister recalled how the office complex was attacked and damaged by arsonists during the #ENDSARS protest but expressed delight that the complex is being commissioned after rebuilding it with the assistance of some illustrious citizens of Enugu State.
Aregbesola stated that, “the minimum facility you can provide for a man who bears arms is not only a place of safety but where his best capacity can be easily harnessed”.
Noting the various infrastructure development and upgrade in the four agencies under the ministry of interior, the minister urged the personnel of the NIS not to lose sight of its responsibility to the Nigerian people.
He, therefore, charged them to be exceptional in their conduct, adding that, “Immigration is the first contact that foreigners have with our country and the first impression, they say, lasts the longest. You must, therefore, strive to be professional and above all, be patriotic.
“On no account must Nigeria’s image be damaged or undesirable elements that could harm our nation, be allowed to slip in under your watch, through commission or omission.”
The governor of Enugu State, Rt Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, represented by deputy governor, Barr Cecilia Ezeilo, commended the initiative and pledged the state government’s willingness to continue to partner and support NIS and the federal government in securing the people of Enugu State.
The Comptroller General of NIS, Muhhammed Babandede, MFR, earlier in his address, thanked the government and people of Enugu State for their support and directed officers and men of the command to continue to be loyal and patriotic to the nation in the discharge of their duties while being vigilant.