Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Immigration Boss Must Tackle Insurgency - Interior Minister

The Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, Tuesday charged the new Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Comptroller General, David Shikfu Parradang to tackle insurgency in the country.

Moro gave the charge while decorating the Comptroller General in Abuja following his appointment by President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday.

"Because of the insecurity in the country, it became imperative that a new pragmatic, disciplined, hard-working, committed and thorough bred Immigration officer should be appointed to restructure and re-engineer the Immigration Service, in order to deal effectively with contemporary Immigration matter.

"I also expect you to rise up to the challenge posed by insurgents and militia across the country. Some of which have been traced to illegal aliens.

Officers risk sack

Moro said the choice of Parradang at this critical moment of the service was necessary to restructure the Service of certain irregularities that beclouded it recently.

He charged Parradang to restore integrity and discipline in the Service.

The Minister also directed him to carry out his mandate in line with international best practice, saying that the government will not tolerate any disorderly conduct in the Service.

"This government will not henceforth, tolerate any acts of indolence, negligence and above all, corruption.

"The tendency of compromise on integrity and extortion of money from helpless applicants for service will henceforth be appropriately sanctioned.

"Any officer who acts in disregard for extent regulations guiding the Service will be dismissed."

Five DCGs to go

In line with regulations guiding the Service, the Minister announced the retirement of five Deputy Comptroller Generals.

They are; R.B Musa, Denen Akaa, F.T. Mologe, Umaru Suleiman and Kuso Abubakar Khalil.

On his part, the NIS Commandant General pledged to discharge his duty diligently and to carry officers of the Service along, saying that the service can only move forward if the staff are committed to their duties.

He also called on law abiding citizens and other stakeholders to assist the Service with useful information about the activities of Illegal immigrants.

Meet Parradang

Mr. Parradang, born 6th September 1959, hails from Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau State.

He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and is also a graduate of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Plateau State.

Mr. Parradang has served in Kano and Kwara State Commands, Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, as Assistant to the Zonal Coordinator of Zone A Lagos, Command Comptroller of Enugu and Kano States and Immigration headquarters.

He was an Assistant Comptroller-General, State Coordination at Service Headquarters from where he was appointed the 13th Comptroller-General of the NIS.

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