By Gift Olivia Samuel, The Sight News
The Vice Chancellor, University of Abuja Professor Abdulrasheed Na’Allah has expressed the University’s willingness to partner the Nigeria Immigration Service(NIS) in running a program on Migration Studies.
Na’Allah, who said this when he visited the NIS Headquarters, commended the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service Muhammad Babandede for giving the NIS a place in history and a voice among security agencies in the country.
He further applauded the management for teaming up with the CGI, Babandede to bring a turn around in various departments of the service.
In his response, the Comptroller General of NIS, Muhammad Babandede thanked the Vice Chancellor for making time out of his busy schedule to visit the NIS Headquarters.
He further mentioned the Regional Immigration Academy at Tuga, Kebbi State that is expected to cater for the West African Sub-region and Multilingual, reiterating that Migration is a major international issue of global concern that the world will keep battling with, just like Security and Health related issues.
He, however, noted that the University as Centre of Knowledge must champion the course of solving migration concerns if they have to remain relevant, adding that security studies, Medical and Healthcare, and Migration Studies should receive the attention it deserves through research and teaching in relevant areas of migration, thereby proffering solutions.
The Vice Chancellor was shown the Forensic Tool used in tracking passport and visa applications for real time query and assessment of the service status and activities of operatives responsible for issuing the facilities within Nigeria and missions abroad where NIS officers are posted to serve.
Na’Allah who was impressed with the level of advancement in Technology deployed in Immigration Services rendered to the public even before the completion of the Technology Building at the heart of the NIS Headquarters, Abuja, was accompanied by his principal officers such as; Prof Grace Nzelibe, Director Business School; Rosemary Edet, Deputy Registrar; Unoiza Maryam; Dr Habib Yakoob; and Hakeem Alohunmata Senior Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor.