President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to synergize with international organizations to ensure that the borders are secured against criminal elements.
Speaking at a virtual event to inaugurate the NIS technology building in Kaduna on Thursday, Buhari said: “As a security agency, I charge you to be relentless in carrying out your statutory duties of keeping our borders safe, while you ensure that criminal elements don’t find Nigeria as a safe haven to hide and perpetrate their criminality,”
“I urge you to actively collaborate with international security organizations like the INTERPOL, in safeguarding our borders. Remember that a safe border is a prerequisite for a safe nation.
“You must develop strong working relationships and ties with the international community and friendly nations as it relates to migration management; adopt and implement workable strategies from them while also sharing your best practices.
“Frontline workers and operators should remember that they are our windows to the world. They must show the best face of Nigeria at all times.”
The president also asked other security agencies to step up their activities to ensure the country is safe, adding that the country’s standing on the global security index must improve.
“It is imperative that our ranking on the global security index improves and I am using this medium to call on all security agencies to step up their activities towards achieving this goal,” he said.
“I assure you that the administration will give you the much needed support in your operations.”
On his part, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola said security challenges facing the country are “temporary and surmountable”.
The minister added that the technology building will play an important role in the control of illegal migration.