Warns against imposition of Fimibama said to be due for retirement in 2011
By Senator Iroegbu â€¨in Abujaâ€¨
Some retired officers of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) have called for the appointment of a career officer as the Comptroller-General of Immigration (CGI) in order to move the service forward.
The retirees who spoke to THISDAY yesterday through a former staff of the Ministry of Interior, Mr. Clement Ezobi, warned against the imposition of one Mr. Fimibama Aches Stephen, an Assistant Comptroller General (ACG), who was said to have been anointed by the powers-that-be.
Ezobi, while reacting to the story by THISDAY last week, confirmed that Fimibama was indeed due to retire since 2011, adding that his mates in the service had since been retired.
He advised that for a permanent solution to the succession crises rocking the service, a career office among the ACGs and Deputy Comptroller Generals (DCGs) should be appointed, which he revealed are either one or two and understand the rudiments of the service.
He warned that if such appointment is made, it could spell doom for the Immigration Service.
He said: "Most of these DCGs are transferees who were former principals of their village schools and whose appointments are influenced by the powers at the top. There is only one or two DCGs that are a career officers.
"I have discussed with some retired senior immigration officers and they agreed that the way forward is to appoint a career officer. It is unfortunate that the minister is not conversant, I repeat the word 'conversant' with the NIS. Moro should not destroy NIS. I am telling you the truth my brother. He should not destroy NIS, career officers are the one that can take NIS to the next level.
"I am giving you facts, tell Abba Moro (Minister of Interior) not to take actions that will destroy NIS. This man (Fimibama) was due to retire in 2011. He is in the same group of one Acheba, and he has left since 2011. So I am telling you that if Fimibama is put there (as CGI), this service is dead."
THISDAY disclosed last week that a group of top officers of NIS on the aegis of 'The concerned officers of the service,' raised the alarm over what it feared was deliberate attempt to impose unqualified candidate on the service.
The group had revealed: "Fimibama, according to records available to us, ought to have proceeded on retirement from service since April, 2011, after putting in 35 years of service which included the actual working years he carried over from the Rivers State Government.
"Truly, he had been in the employment of the state government since April, 1976, before voluntarily transferred to NIS as a Deputy Superteinders of Immigration on Salary Grade Level 09. Details of these information are contained in the Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (APER) forms he filled, signed and maintained for promotion purposes while in service in 1987,1989,1990,1991 and 1992 in his own handwriting certfiying that all information provided there were correct and true."