Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, has warned personnel of the Service not to compromise, or kill the nation’s economy, vowing that defaulters will face the consequences.
Babandede has also charged his officers and men to be competent and prepared to serve the country since they are receiving their salaries regularly as at when due.
He made the statements yesterday, while addressing the NIS personnel in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, during his visit for the passing out of new graduants.
He said no staff should convert government work to a personal business, stressing that Immigration personnel should be concerned about the service for the nation.
The CG Immigration noted the Port Harcourt is the hub of the nation’s economy, warning officers and men not to pursue businesses from companies in the State, thereby denting the image of the Service.
“Port Harcourt is very strategic. This is an oil city. This is the place, where oil business takes place. So, if you make life difficult for companies, for expatriates, you are killing the Nigeria’s business.
“I hereby warn officers not to personalize government work as your private business. You go to companies to collect jobs; that is not expected from you. This (Port Harcourt) is the city, where money should come”.
Have you visited any city, any company and they told you that this business belongs to the Comptroller General of Immigration? Is there anybody? If there is, come forward. I don’t have any company; so, don’t have any.
“You are more than the agents of the company. You are a regulator of a company. I don’t want you to go and collect work. It is a disgrace for the service.
“Why I am telling you this is because, it is a directive of Mr. President to me and you. You cannot change the rule of the game in the middle of the game. Fees must be paid based on the services required. If you disobey the system, you pay for the consequences.”