The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has constructed an ultra-modern Office Complex for the Sokoto State Command.
The Complex is located along Gusau Road in the State Capital, a statement by ACI Amos Okpu, Assistant Comptroller of Immigration, Service Public Relations Officer disclosed.
Speaking during the commissioning of the Complex, the Governor of Sokoto State, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal described the decision by the management of the Service to build a new State Command Complex for its Officers and Men as not only very timely but strategic.
He noted that the edifice will offer conducive workplace environment for the Service, stressing that the State recognizes the crucial role of the NIS in the national security architecture.
“As a State with very vast international borderline, we put high interest in any efforts that would make Officers and Men of the Immigration Service to be comfortable in the State to do their job and this is the reason we commend the management of the Service for completing the project”, he noted.
While applauding the efforts of CGI Babandede for the digitization of NIS systems and operations, the Governor specifically appreciated the choice of Ilella Border Control Post in the State as the Pilot Centre for the e-Border project.
He stated that the effort will significantly address the security concerns at the Land Borderlines in the State.
He affirmed the State’s readiness to continue to support the Service in any way possible for enhanced service delivery to the people of Sokoto State and the country at large.
Earlier in his remarks, the Comptroller General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede had reiterated the Service’s uncommon commitment to the welfare of the workforce.
He stated that upon assumption of Office as Comptroller General, he noticed a huge infrastructural deficit in the system and got committed to building at least two Command Office Complexes yearly.
This has been pursued very vigorously till date with the Sokoto Command Complex being the twelfth of such Buildings already delivered while six others are currently in various stages of completion.
Before now the Sokoto State Command has been operating at the Federal Secretariat in the State for decades. He thanked the Federal Government for the delivery of the NIS Technology Building which currently houses the e-Border project.
As I speak, “We can monitor real time online all movements and activities at Ilella Border Control Post. The Illella Control Post is our e-Border Pilot Centre and to this effect, we have upgraded it to a full Command Structure under the supervision of a Comptroller of Immigration”, he noted.
He added that the e-Border project remains the most suitable and modern approach to meaningfully address the nation’s Border Security concerns especially at the Land Borders.