Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal has urged the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to intensify surveillance of borders areas in order to checkmate illegal migration in and out of the country.
The Governor said the initiative would go a long way in addressing security challenges in the country and halt illegal migration by our youth seeking for greener pastures abroad.
Speaking when granting audience to the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, at the Sokoto Government House, he assured them of his government’s support.
“Let me first of all commend you and your men for the good job you are doing especially in Sokoto and neighbouring states of Zamfara and Kebbi. Reports reaching us indicate that vast majority of your officers are carrying out their duties in a professional manner,” he said.
The Governor also advised NIS to streamline the number of multiple checkpoints mounted on various roads within the border areas in the state.
According to him, local road users were complaining of harassment by officers manning the checkpoints.
“Please look into these complaints and help in addressing them,” he added.
In his remarks, Babandede said he was in Sokoto to register appreciation to the Governor for allocating 40 hectares of land to the Sokoto State command of NIS, as well as the Immigration Staff College situated in Sokoto.
He said the Service has introduced various initiatives aimed at improving the security of all Nigerians.
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