The Institute of Disaster Management and Safety Science has conferred on the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS),Muhammad Babandede an award of “Icon of Excellence” as the Comptroller General of a service with about 27,000 workforce.
The workforce which Babandede controls are drawn from zonal, state and special commands, divisional and area offices, patrol bases spread across 36 states and FCT, 774 local government in the country, 52 missions abroad, other special formations such as airports, seaports , land border frontiers, Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) in 14 locations along the flanks of Nigerian borders, area offices put in place migration management and border management to guarantee safe border as the lead agency in border security.
With this number of workforce, health and safety science is vital to keeping the workforce safe and healthy to deliver maximally and effectively in those formations, where the service witnesses massive turnout of passengers, applicants for one facility or the other.
An online statement issued by the Service Public Relations Officer,(PRO),Deputy Comptroller of Immigration(DCI) James Sunday, explained that Comptroller General of NIS award of “Icon of Excellence ” by the Institute of Disaster Management and Safety Science is well deserved considering the safety and healthy environment put in place during the lockdown and now with the gradual ease of the lockdown by the government, the multiplicity of tasks to be undertaken at the approved international airports after the lifting of ban on international flights and commencement of flight operations, which has the ability to increase requests for travel documents such as the international passport by Nigerians and visas by Non Nigerians to enter Nigeria for diverse purposes.
He added that this human mobility called migration if not properly managed through a secured border has the ability to aggravate the spread of COVID-19 by international travellers and locals ,who cross the borders for economic, socio-cultural, tourism, religious and other mandatory activities that necessitates travels and migration.
The Institutes award, the Service spokesman said is timely and has the ability to encourage Babandede to step up safety and healthy working environment in all the services windows to deliver optimally and guarantee safety for prospective service seeking populace.
According to the statement the award is a morale booster and that it should be extended to Chief Executives to spur them to do more when so recognised.
Receiving the award, Babandede thanked the Institute of Disaster Management and Safety Science, its Board and facilitators for driving all Disaster and Safety Managers to work around the clock thereby making the country come out stronger and that with lessons learnt by other nations from the Nigerian model of control that helped reduced the spread of COVID-19 at the height of it, during the lockdown and now as the country witnesses gradual ease of the lockdown.
With the resumption of international flights, work and business activities, Babandede was quick to remind Nigerians and non Nigerians of the closure of land borders, which is still in force until there is directive from government, NIS operatives at the Border frontiers are charged to keep vigil and alert, while keeping the borders closed in compliance with the government directive