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During the Presentation of the Acting Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, CGI Idris Isah Jere, to me by the Civil Defence, Corrections, Fire, Immigration Service Board (CDCFIB), I charged him to effectively secure the Nigerian borders and ensure no person slipped in from outside with the intention to harm our country in any way.

The choice of Jere as the Acting CG is natural and easy, being the most senior officer on the roll. But given his pedigree, he fits the bill. He has put in 34 years of service and has been at the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) all his working life. He is therefore an embodiment of the institution.

He joined the service in 1987 patiently and steadily rose through the ranks to be appointed Deputy Controller General in 2018. In between, he has held positions as Passport Control Officer and Deputy Controller General in charge of Finance and Accounts. I have no doubt he will pull his weight duringthe time he will hold the fort at NIS.

Read the full speech from the event below:

SPEECH BY THE MINISTER OF INTERIOR, OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA, AT THE PRESENTATION OF IDRIS ISAH JERE AS THE ACTING CONTROLLER GENERAL OF THE NIGERIA IMMIGRATION SERVICE (NIS), AT THE MINISTRY’S BOARDROOM ON TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2021

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POWER IS RESPONSIBILITY

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you here and I am most pleased with your mission here. The Civil Defence, Corrections, Fire, Immigration Service Board (CDCFIB) has come to present the Acting Controller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Idris Isah Jere.

 

 

He will be at the helm pending the appointment of a substantive Controller General, following the pulling out yesterday of the erstwhile Controller General, Muhammad Babandede. An Acting CG becomes necessary because nature abhors vacuum. The essence of having a formal organisation is to have order, including of succession and to keep an organisation running smoothly and efficiently during transition periods.
I am glad therefore that the process of selecting a successor has kicked in and I am confident that in a short while, we shall have a substantive Controller General.

The choice of Jere as the Acting CG is natural and easy, being the most senior officer on the roll. But given his pedigree, he fits the bill. He has put in 34 years of service and has been at the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) all his working life. He is therefore an embodiment of the institution.

He joined the service in 1987 patiently and steadily rose through the ranks to be appointed Deputy Controller General in 2018. In between, he has held positions as Passport Control Officer and Deputy Controller General in charge of Finance and Accounts. I have no doubt he will pull his weight duringthe time he will hold the fort at NIS.

But I must say this that leadership is service. My personal motto is ‘Power is responsibility’. It is sacrifice and self-denial. For everyone who joins an organisation, it is a lifetime dream to be the head. But at any time, there can only be one head. Being the head comes with power and privileges but these are the trappings. The essence of power is service. If you take service away from power, it becomes tyranny and power becomes corrupted.

In your own case, you have responsibility towards the men (and women) you lead and even greater responsibility towards the government and the good people of Nigeria.

It is important therefore that you prepare your mind for service. Your predecessor made his mark and left giant footprints. You will be assessed against this.

Don’t be too bothered that you are in office in acting capacity and therefore have the anxiety of uncertainty. Live a day at a time and be grateful for each day you occupy the seat. Have a heart of gratitude to God your maker for the destiny to head the NIS; to the government that appointed you; and the NIS that made you. It is a rare privilege you have to be primus inter pares (first among equals). Let each day count.

The primary responsibility of your office is to lead the NIS to provide security at the Nigerian borders. Under your watch, no person should come in from outside with the intention to harm our country in any way. It is important also that you ease the passage of persons that will add value to our country. You will maintain the delicate balance of stopping the bad guys and attracting the good guys.

You are pretty much aware of the reforms being carried out, foremost of which is in passport administration. Being a passport officer you will appreciate this challenge more than most. I have no doubt that you will be able to drive this reform and accelerate its success.

The passport is the highest affirmation of Nigerian citizenship. The extent to which we succeed in putting it in the hands of any Nigerian desirous of it expeditiously and without losing their dignity is the extent to which we succeed as an agency of government. There must be zero tolerance of touting and any form of corruption.
It is my sincere hope therefore that you will make a success of the assignment and requite the confidence reposed in you by giving you this assignment to serve the nation in this new capacity.

I enjoin the officers and men of the NIS to cooperate with and assist you in all ramifications and I can assure you of the unalloyed support of the ministry and government on your assignment.
I commend you into the hand of God and pray that God will help you to do what is right at all time and make a success of the job.

Congratulations and best wishes.

I thank you all for your kind attention.


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