Immigration Seeks More Offices In LGs

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A cross section of Immigration officers during a sensitidation workshop at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos
A cross section of Immigration officers during a sensitidation workshop at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos

The Nigeria Immigration Service, Rivers State Command, says it needs official accommodation in local government areas in the state.
Spokesman for the agency, Mr. C.C. Nnamdi, in a chat with The Tide disclosed that lack of office accommodation was hampering the effective operations of the Immigration service in the state.
Mr. Nnamdi, while explaining the importance of the presence of Immigration personnel at the local areas said since the state is coastal in nature it has a lot of entry points into the country, and so needs stationing of offices to check infiltration of foreign nationals through those channels.
He dismissed the view that there was lack of Immigration personnel in the state, since every local government area has the agency office located within.
The Immigration spokesman also dispelled rumours that there was fake e-passport circulating around the country. He said it was impossible to fake the new e-passport as the country has only four centres to produce the document.
However, he stated that of recent, the Federal Government had further decentralised e-passport processing and obtaining centres, now in the 32 states of the country.
Mr. Nnamdi also noted that the service is recruiting new personnel across the country to beef up its operations especially those in the lower and middle cadre level.
Commenting on the level of e-passport registration in the state Nnamdi said there have been no hitches despite the high number of applications.
He warned members of the public who would want to obtain their e-passport document to do so through the office of the Immigration and avoid agents saying that the issuance of the traveling document requires the presence of the person physically.
The Rivers Immigration spokesman expressed the belief that the new document introduced in 2006 has improved check on movement of the citizenry outside the country, adding that the agency now is fully equipped with up to date data capable of aiding in economic policy formulation.

A cross section of Immigration officers during a sensitidation workshop at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos
A cross section of Immigration officers during a sensitidation workshop at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos