The Nigeria Immigration Service has promoted 7,000 of its personnel to their new ranks.
In a statement released in Abuja on Wednesday, the Service Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Kure, announced the promotions. The promotions were conveyed through a letter signed by Alhaji Jafaru Ahmed, the Secretary of the Immigration, Civil Defence, Correctional and Fire Service Board.
Kure, who himself was promoted to Assistant Comptroller, stated that the personnel included senior officers who successfully passed regular examinations and junior staff who upgraded their qualifications.
Furthermore, the acting Comptroller-General of Immigration Service, Wuraola Adepoju, approved the appointment of Tony Akuneme as Comptroller of the Federal Capital Territory Command. Comptroller Joseph Dada was also appointed as the new Principal Staff Officer to the acting Comptroller-General.
The statement mentioned that Mr. Dada, a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, had served in various commands within the NIS. He previously held the position of Comptroller in-charge of the Marine Border Corps at the Service Headquarters. Additionally, it highlighted the recent redeployment of 12 Comptrollers to different states, including FCT, Kano, Jigawa, Ondo, Ogun, and Mfum Border Control.
During a monthly parade where officers and men of the Service were addressed, Kure quoted Adepoju, who emphasized the importance of maintaining the image of the job above personal interests. Adepoju stated that the NIS is a highly esteemed institution and the first agency that any visitor encounters upon arrival in Nigeria.
Adepoju pledged to prioritize personnel welfare and assured that promotions would be strictly based on seniority. She expressed concern over the stagnation of senior officers while their juniors were being promoted above them. Adepoju stressed that well-motivated staff are essential for delivering quality output.