The Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has urged the top management staff of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to embrace the comprehensive operational, administrative, and structural transformation he has implemented to enhance their capabilities and efficiency in fulfilling their mandate,leadership reports.
During a meeting with high-ranking officers of the service, led by the Comptroller-General, Mrs. Caroline Wura-Ola Adepoju, the minister encouraged them to proactively improve the service in alignment with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the president. He emphasized the need to change the existing narrative and redesign and re-engineer the agency.
Tunji-Ojo emphasized the urgency for top-ranking officers to broaden their horizons and depart from traditional leadership styles. He expressed a desire to script a new narrative, one based on positive experiences for the people of Nigeria. He stated, “Let generations yet unborn come and read the tales in the chronicles of time that there was a time when NIS was downwards, and God brought a Moses supported by Aarons like you to take it up to the next level.”
Beyond passport production, the minister called on officers to fulfill their constitutional mandate and take pride in their roles as ambassadors and border police. He highlighted the broader responsibilities of the service, emphasizing the importance of investigation and compliance.
Tunji-Ojo assured the officers of the commitment of President Ahmed Bola Tinubu’s administration to empower and appreciate them for optimal operational efficiency. He pledged improvements in welfare packages and significant investments in capacity development to reform the service.
In terms of career progression, the minister promised a shift from career stagnation to promotions based on merit. He emphasized the government’s dedication to back words with actions, including the expansion of portfolios to accommodate more officers.
In response, Adepoju expressed appreciation for the minister’s kind gestures and innovative approach to addressing challenges within the service. She assured the minister of the service’s loyalty and commitment to fulfilling the progressive mandate. Adepoju pledged that the officers would embrace the minister’s innovative reforms without compromising the integrity of the system.