The Speaker, Kwara state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Danladi-Salihu has enjoined security agencies in Nigeria to take a cue from the Nigeria Immigration Service by strengthening their operational base to enhance overall efficiency of security architecture across the country.
Danladi-Salihu gave this charge, while delivering goodwill address at the official commissioning of Forward Operating Base (FOB) of the Nigeria Immigration Service in Okuta, Baruten local government area of Kwara state.
“Coming to being of the operation base will, in no small measure strengthen our security architecture in Kwara state, and curtail the porous natureof our national border.
The location is strategic; Baruten is a national borderthus, the base is well stationed”, he said.
“On behalf of the people and government of Kwara state, I sincerely appreciate the proactive leadership of the Nigeria Immigration Service; recently, the Service embarked on e-registration of migrants and later, commissioned its permanent State Command in Ilorin, the State capital.
This indicates significant federal government presence in our dear State and we are utterly grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari led-FG and the steadfastness of the Nigeria Immigration Service, under the leadership of Comptroller General – Mohammed Babandede and Kwara state Comptroller of Immigration Service – Edith Onyemenam”, Danladi-Salihu added.
Danladi stressed that he is delighted that among several border communities, Okuta – Baruten in Kwara state is found worthy of the base location.
“I want to assure you, on behalf of His Excellency, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, of the continued support of the government and people of Kwara state for the Nigeria Immigration Service, as a government that cares for the security of its people.”
The Emir of Okuta, HRH, Alh Idris Abubakar Shero, in his remarks, expressed gladness over the development and assured the Nigeria Immigration Service of maximum support of the people of Okuta.
The Kwara state Comptroller of Immigration Service – Edith Onyemenam had earlier briefed that there are 14 Forward Operating Base (FOB) facility of NIS across the country, for which Kwara is lucky to have one.
She noted that the FOB is a strategic support facility to achieve operational goals of security outfits, adding that “the facility will attract more federal government presence to Baruten and the gain shall be for everyone.”
She appreciated Kwara state government and Rt. Hon. Danladi-Salihu for supporting the Service at all time, adding that the power generating set donated by the Speaker in its former office where there was power supply challenge aided their operations significantly.