By Yemi Akinsuyi in Abuja
In response to the Presidential Executive Order on the ease of doing business in Nigeria, the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, has intensified its capacity building of officers to meet the time line issued by the Acting President, Prof. YemiOsinbajo.
According to the Comptroller of Immigration in Anambra State, Ekpedeme King, 160 officers in Anambra has concluded a two-day ICT training programme, in what he said was a “directive from the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede for officers to sharpen their ICT skills in order to efficiently and effectively deliver services within the time frame stipulated in the Presidential Order.
King explained that the programme involved data collection, storage and analysis and would eliminate beauracratic delay which has been detrimental to prompt action in Immigration operations and service line.
Speaking further the Comptroller said: “This programme became necessary after painstaking evaluation of the needs of the Command, particularly our urgency to key into the presidential order and consequent directive by the CGI that all officers must have the requisite competence to provide the kind of service that meets the growing demand of Nigerians”.
While declaring the capacity programme open the representative of the Anambra State Government, Mr. Dan Ezeanwu, Permanent Secretary in the office of the Secretary to the State Government, told the participants that the State Government would continue to encourage and support security agencies in their drive to improve on their competences, “Such support and collaboration with the State Government is what have made Anambra a safe state”.
The Permanent Secretary called on the Nigeria Immigration Service to sustain the programme and commended the Command for it’s close collaboration with the host State Government
It would be recalled that on the 14th of December, 2016, the CGI flagged off an ICT capacity building initiative for 500 officers in the Service as an overall strategic plan to completely overhaul the Nigeria Immigration Service and ensure institutional relevance and excellence, while an essential aspect of the Presidential Order deals with timely discharge of services.