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The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr. David Parradang, has said the service will collaborate with relevant foreign agencies for possible intervention in the supply of patrol equipment and other technical support.
Speaking in Kano yesterday while launching the border patrol corps training at the Immigration Training School, Parradang revealed that already the service had informed the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) and other relevant security agencies on the establishment of the border patrol corps.
He said: ‘‘We are seeking necessary collaboration with Agency for the Control and Management of External Borders of the member states of the European Union and International Centre for Migration Policy and Development (IOM).’’
According to him, "we have also informed them about the creation of the additional control posts and patrol bases for necessary collaboration."
He pointed out that the agency had equally requested the Office of the NSA for intervention fund for the procurement of additional patrol logistics towards the success of the exercise.
Parradang said the service had submitted a position paper to the Immigration Committee at the ongoing National Conference for the payment of special allowances and introduction of life insurance scheme for border patrol operatives.
The comptroller-general also restated the determination of the service toward improving the welfare of officers and men of the service as well as make border patrol duties very attractive.
He also urged members of the corps to show commitment and patriotism because the nation was looking up to the NIS to make the nation’s borders more secured.
"I therefore urge you not to see your deployment as punitive but a rare opportunity to contribute your quota towards national security,’’ he said.