It was encomium galore as the Comptroller of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr. Dikko Yashe, attached to the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos was redeployed by NIS to head the Kano State Command.
This just as the aviation community stood still yesterday with encomium from stakeholders in the Nigerian aviation during a send off party for the outgoing Comptroller.
Some of the stakeholders, who spoke at the send off event stated that since Yashe was posted to Lagos Airport Command about a year ago, he had entrenched discipline, transparency and hard work among the immigration officers at the airport and urged the personnel to follow his footprint.
Speaking, the South West Terminal Manager, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mrs. Victoria Shin-Aba, described Yashe as a very proactive and effective officer, who within a year, ensured total change and sanity in the facilitation by NIS at the command.
She stated that Yashe partnered with FAAN in the Ease-Of-Doing-Business policy of the Federal Government and improved the rating of service at the airport within a year.
According to her, “I want to say we are going to miss you for the very good work you have done since you came onboard. Within the period, you brought lots of facilitations to immigration and operators at this command. Through your efforts, immigration officers at the Lagos airport, were re-orientated and today, you can say they are performing very well.”
“I appreciate working with you in private and public capacities. You have been a very effective person in all you do. I can only hope that the person coming after you will follow your footstep and improve on whatever thing you have put in place. May God continue to guide your movement,” she prayed.
On his part, the Director, Department of State Security (DSS), Airport Command, Mr. Oludare Gabriel, posited that that Yashe believed in collaboration with other security agencies at the airport.
He urged other officers of the command to emulate Yashe in the discharge of their duties.
In his words, “I enjoyed working with you. I hope to meet you in the future. One of the things we emulate Yashe in is that we should always look beyond uniform in whatever we do. Also, we should at every point in tine have it at the back of our minds that there is life after this place.” .
Also speaking, a stakeholder in the sector, Mr. Henry Amaechi, said Yashe discharged his duty professionally throughout the period despite the myriads of challenges at the airport.
Amaechi further explained that both airlines and NIS represent the image of any nation, adding that for the industry in particular and the country as a whole to move forward, there was a need for synergy between the two parties.
According to him, “This man for the short period he spent at the airport has been very cooperative and supportive, very committed and there is no time you call for any assistance that he will hesitate to render it. It is rare to celebrate an outgoing Airport Commandant, but he’s been recognised for her commitment today.”.
He stated that NIS needed personnel that are as dedicated and hardworking as Yashe and that he has the aural of professionalism around him always.
Responding, Yashe thanked men and officers at the command and other personnel at the Lagos Airport for making the job easier within the period.
The outgoing Comptroller stated that the cooperation of other personnel made it easier for him to bring the needed changes to the command, urging those present to extend same cooperation to the incoming comptroller.
Under Yashe’s headship, NIS at Lagos Airport won several awards and laurels, which included the Nigeria Aviation Award as the ‘Best Agency for International Trade and Travel Facilitation 2018’, ‘Sir Ahmadu Bello Leadership Award 2018,’ given by the Northern Actors Forum, ‘Best Agency 2018 in Passenger Facilitation and Implementation of Ease-of-Doing-Business’ at the Lagos Airport, given by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) and ‘Transparency Award 2018’ by Transparency Africa, amongst other recognitions.
Recalled that Yashe was posted to Lagos Airport on March 5,2018 to replace Mr. Odeje Usman, who was redeployed to Abuja after promotion as the Assistant Comptroller General (ACG) of Customs.
Prior to his redeployment to Lagos on February 5, 2018, Yashe was at the NIS headquarters in Abuja.