The federal government has approved the promotion and decoration of 78 officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) attached to the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos to different new ranks.
In the exercise, one officer was promoted to the rank of deputy comptroller of immigration, 11 to the rank of assistant comptroller of immigration, three as chief inspectors of immigration, three as chief superintendent of immigration, while 25 officers were decorated with new rank of superintendent of immigration and one, deputy chief inspector of immigration.
Others were nine deputy superintendents, five assistant chief inspectors, five assistant superintendents, nine principal inspectors, and six senior inspectors.
Decorating the newly promoted officers, the NIS assistant comptroller general, Airport Command, Mr. Odeje Usman, charged them to be good ambassadors of the country and shun any vices that could drag the name of the country in the mud.
He said the service and the country at large expected a lot more from the officers.
Usman commended the comptroller general of NIS, Mr. Mohammed Babandede and the board of immigration for granting the approval for the elevation of the officers.
The ACG also said the command had never had 78 of its men promoted in one exercise further charged the officers to continue to discharge their duties to the country.
He stressed that the service would not condone any act of indiscipline from them or any other of its officers at the command.
“This promotion signifies that you have consistently performed your duties as expected of you, but to whom much is given, much more is expected. Promotion is additional responsibility. The government still expects some level of improvement from you. We should always strive to represent this country well through our conducts.
“You know at the airport, you have the first contact with foreigners and the image you create in their minds lasts longer. This command will not tolerate any act of indiscipline from anyone. And for those who were not promoted now, you may have been promoted spiritually, health-wise and with other records of achievements. However, I can assure you that your promotion is on the way as anyone that is deserving of promotion would be promoted as at when due,” he said.
He admonished all the officers to regularly check their records and submit the annual performance evaluation report (APER), which he said contributes in no small measure to promotion of officers.
Speaking on behalf of the officers, Mr. Abiakam Maduabuchi who was elevated from assistant comptroller of immigration (ACI) to deputy comptroller of immigration (DCI) commended the federal government for the privilege given them to be promoted.
He promised that the newly decorated officers and others within the command would continue to discharge their duties to the best of their ability.