The Comptroller General of the Immigration Service, CGI, Muhammad Babandede, has charged newly commissioned Officers of the Service to quickly embrace high Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) skills sets to remain relevant in the unfolding realities in the Service.
CGI Babandede gave the charge earlier today, during the Passing out Parade of Four Hundred and Thirty (430) officers of the 46th Superintendent Basic Course at the premier Immigration Training School, Kano, noting that with the launching of the paperless regime in all official communication activities, it will be difficult for any officer who is not ICT-compliant to fit into the NIS system of today.
TheFact Nigeria recalls that the Service had, on the 10th of August, launched its electronic data management system, EDMS, in order to operate seamless paperless transactions within the Service, and as such, eradicate all hiding places for officers engaged in shady operations, as all their activities are online and could easily be adjudged.
“The Service now operates paperless regime. All my management staff and I do no longer attend to physical files but work from anywhere and at anytime electronically, following the recent launch of the Electronic Records Management (ERM) System for the Service. We shall cascade it down to all personnel”, Babandede said.
The CGI, who was the Parade Reviewing Officer, maintained that management has continued to demonstrate huge commitment to human capacity development efforts in ensuring that the Service produces a professional workforce that would be sufficiently capable to confront emerging challenges in Border Security and Migration Management matters.
He further stressed that the quality and frequency of training and retraining efforts in the Service since his assumption of office has remained unprecedented in the history of the Service.
He thanked the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, and indeed the Federal Government for the continuous support accorded the Service in its operations and manpower development activities.
Speaking earlier, the Commandant of the School, Comptroller AR Sabo, stated that the cadets were taken through modern Border Security and Migration Management trainings including physical drills to make them fit for the tasks ahead.
He stressed that members of the directing staff of the School demonstrated uncommon commitment during the Course and thanked the CGI for the opportunity.
He however, requested for an upgrade of hostel facilities for the directing staff for enhanced productivity.
Participants of the 46th Superintendent Basic Course are serving personnel in the Service who, by reason of promotion, upgrading and/or conversion, have risen to the Superintendent cadre and must attend the refresher Course before they can be commissioned into the Officers’ Cadre of the Service. This set is the third of such Courses so far held since 2018.
Important personalities at the event include House of Representatives Leader, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa, who represented the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the Sarkin Rano, represented by Amb. Ilyasu Dalatun Rano, Brigade Commander, 3 Infantry Brig. Gen. Nicodemus, very senior functionaries of the Kano State government as well as other security and military agencies in the State.