Comptroller General Rilwan Bala Musa
By Senator Iroegbu
The Acting Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Deputy Comptroller General Rilwan Bala Musa, has called for unity and support from the staff following the recruitment saga that led to the early retirement of Mrs. Rose Uzomah and polarisation of the Service.
Musa made this call in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer and Deputy Comptroller of NIS, Ekpedeme King, saying such support is necessary to ensure that the Service conforms with the global best practices.
He promised to restructure the Service by ensuring that administrative decisions including promotion and postings are decentralised, while addressing the HND and degree holders dichotomy.
He said: "I will restore the structures of Service by allowing my Deputies to function unhindered as provided by the Service manual and also collaborate with the Civil Defence, Fire Service, Immigration and Prison Services Board and other relevant government agencies to ensure prompt and regular promotion of officers.
"I also promise to look into and resolve quickly, the discomfiture of concerned officers on the issue of HND and degree holders dichotomy in order to boost the morale of officers".
"This was necessary as the we are determined to ensure that the Service conforms with the global best practices...the Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government and call for cooperation of officers and men."
In a related development, there is general apprehension amongst the staff of NIS, especially the newly promoted officers over possible reversal of their elevation.
Some sources within the Service disclosed to THISDAY that there is a growing suspicion that the Investigative Panel set up by the Minister of Interior Comrade Abba Moro may recommend reversal of most policy decisions taken under Uzoma, including the promotion of officers.
"You know that some of the officers felt aggrieved the way the last promotion and posting exercise was carried out and there is fear that some of this may be reversed", the source said.
"We are not sure how things will work out but there may be some sweeping changes the way things are being done", another source stated.
Already, there have been change of guards and personnel at the NIS headquarters with officers affecting mostly those alleged to have been close with the former Immigration CG.
It could be recalled that Moro, following the disengagement of the former Immigration boss set up a Six-Man committee to "investigate how she handled the affairs within the service with intention to correct any perceived abnormality".
The minister while setting up the panel noted that he has received some petitions and appeals from some officers of the service bordering on fraud, injustice and tribal sentiments in the conduct of the promotion exercise.
He further disclosed that other serious allegations ranging from certificate forgery and non-adherence to the principle of seniority in determining officers eligible for promotion were also received.
He said: "After the last promotion of officers in the Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS), I received some petitions and appeals from some officers of the service bordering on fraud, injustice and tribal sentiment in the conduct of the promotion exercise.
"There were other serious allegations ranging from certificate forgery and non-adherence to the principle of seniority in the determining officers eligible for promotion, these are all serious allegations that can not be ignored".