Mr David Shikfu Parradang, Comptroller General of Immigration
VOICE OF NIGERIA
30 April, 2014
Nigeria Immigration Service has
commenced the training of a special border patrol corps to help fight terrorism and other crimes at the nation’s borders.
The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service,David Paradong at the opening of the training in Kano State, northwestern Nigeria said “the initiative is to secure the nation’s expansive borders and contain the rising tide in the challenges posed by trans-border criminals including terrorists.”
He said an un secured border had
socio-economic implication for the
nation as such the NIS thought it
wise to mobilize the over 1,000
officers for the special squad.
“The rationale behind this
initiative is to mobilize a group of
virile and gallant officers and give
them special training for border patrol functions, equip them with
modern gadgets as a deliberate step to make our borders more secure.
“Apart from the training,the initiative has so far seen the purchase of 60 additional patrol vehicles, communication gadgets, increased control posts from 84 to 114 and border patrol bases from 45 to 72 as an effort to increase the rate of response by patrollers to potential security threats, tackle the problem of the use of unauthorised router by irregular migrants.”
The NIS is also making effort for the special corps to be given incentives so that the officers can carry out their duty maximally.
“The NIS is working with the office
of the National Security Advicer, to
enhance the initiative through special salaries and insurance scheme for the special border patrol corps to boost their morale.”
The special training programme
received support from all over the
world as the African Union, Italy,
US, Netherlands, International
Organization for Migration (IOM)and the EU had trained 321 officers on the various needs of the special border patrol corps.
He enjoined the officers to see the
training as a rare opportunity for
them to contribute to national
security by discharging their duties