Immigration Boss Decries Bribery In Agency

Immigration Boss Decries Bribery In Agency

The new Comptroller-General of Immigration, David Parradang, has expressed dissatisfaction with the quality of service at the NIS headquarters in Abuja.

Immigration Boss Decries Bribery In Agency

Parradang noted that many officers had made bribery and corruption a way of life and abandoned the professionalism the service was known for.

The CG, who was sworn-in on Monday, however, warned the officers and men of the service to do their jobs as professionals, adding that his administration would not condone laxity and any act of indiscipline.

Addressing headquarters staff in Abuja on Thursday at his maiden meeting with them, Parradang expressed his plans to transform the service into a world-class agency.

The NIS boss said he was determined to deliver quality service to Nigerians and to achieve positive results.

According to him, no officer will be allowed to stay longer than necessary in a department or unit, adding that all the young officers would soon be deployed in the borders for guard duty.

Parradang hinted that senior officers, who failed promotion examinations thrice would be eased out of the service to the pave way for bright and talented officers to move up in the service.

He said, “I am not satisfied with the quality of service at the headquarters; what kind of service are you offering if you collect bribe? The only thing Federal Government owes you is salaries.

“I would rather be removed than allow you to collect fixed amount on passport or take N1000 for a file. We will execute the law; if I don’t have double standards, why won’t I execute the law?”

The CG promised to focus on capacity building and welfare for officers and to ensure that the borders were well secured.

He pledged to work with other security agencies to professionalise security at the borders and remove irregular immigrants “after a process that is targeted, powered by intelligence and data.”

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