In furtherance to the commitment of Nigeria Immigration Service(NIS) in covering border areas that were taken over by irregular migrants, the Comptroller General of NIS, Muhammad Babandede, today commissioned another Forward Operation Base at Efraya, in Cross River State.
This was disclosed in statement signed by the Service Public Relations Officer Deputy Comptroller of Immigration
(DCI) Sunday James.
Speaking at the event, the CGI stated that the commissioning of the FOB was another milestone in the Service’s resolve to making sure that FOBs are built in all our border frontiers for effective border policing.
He said the Service under his leadership has made the constructions of FOBs part of their commitment to address infrastructural needs of the Service, noting that these FOBs affords NIS the opportunity to address their challenges in combating frontally the menace of cross border banditry including Smuggling of Migrants (SOMs) and Trafficking in Persons (TIPs).
Babandede further stated that the establishment of FOBs has gone a long way in strengthening the nation’s border security and boosting the morale of personnel by providing a befitting working environment.
He said the project commissioned today is one of those laudable border security intervention efforts by the NIS, adding that last week, he was in Belel, Adamawa state to commission an FOB and just yesterday he commissioned another one at Afaha Offing in Akwa Ibom state.
He said that NIS has successfully commissioned 14 FOBs across the country, including that of Efraya.
Babandede commended the dignitaries that graced the occasion especially the Governor of Cross River State, His Excellency Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade for his support, the Paramount Ruler of Etung LGA His Royal Majesty Ntue Atue Dr. Emmanuel Oru Ojong and the Local Government Chairman for accommodating the operatives.
The Comptroller General reiterated his commitment to visiting every location where the NIS formations are located to feel their pulse and address issues personally, not delegating anyone.
“It is my duty to visit my operatives wherever they are stationed as a sign of good leadership” he said.