Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammed Babandede, has declared that the Service was poised to protect the country’s borders, noting that Nigeria would not tolerate any form of cross border criminality, terrorism and organised crime.
Speaking to a delegation from the embassy of the Netherlands, which paid him a courtesy visit at the NIS headquarters in Abuja, Babandede said Nigeria has one of the best passports in the world in addition to a biometric data system that is monitored real time online.He said the Service is Information and Communications Technology (ICT) compliant, saying that is why the Nigerian passport is unique with distinct biometric features, and also connected to all stations globally online.
He said the NIS has been in partnership with the Netherlands and has enjoyed a number of supports especially in postmanship trainings, which he noted, has had a great impact on service delivery in the Service.“Our good relationship with the Netherlands has really impacted on the way we do things in Nigeria especially the postmanship training.
“The way we receive passengers has been greatly influenced by the Dutch’s approach to human management. Because good training of officers is our focus, we want to raise the standard in terms of transparency and service delivery,” he said.Leader of the delegation and Minister of Migration for the ministry of justice and security in the Netherlands, Mrs. Ankie Broekers-Knol, expressed optimism that their partnership with the NIS would continue especially in the training of personnel.
She said her country’s long standing relationship with Nigeria in the area of irregular migration and combating human smuggling, among others, would be sustained.“I have the privilege to appreciate the way Nigerians are working together to better migration and on your request to train experts, I’m here to inform you that the Netherlands is going to conduct these trainings,” she said.