•Call for confirmation of her appointment as substantive CGIS
Michael Olugbode in Abuja
Stakeholders in the Immigration sector have commended the appointment of Mrs. Wura-Ola Caroline Adepoju, as the first Yoruba-female Acting Comptroller General for the Nigeria Immigration Service.
The federal government had last Monday, through the Civil Defence, Correction, Fire and Immigration Board (CDCFIB), approved the appointment of Adepoju as Acting CG of NIS.
A letter signed by Mr Ja’afaru Ahmed, the Board secretary, had conveyed the approval of the Board to Adepoju to take charge of the service from May 30, 2023, as the most senior Deputy Comptroller General.
Owing to this, Immigration stakeholders in a statement yesterday, signed by Akinwale Dennis stated: “We consider her appointment as historic because it is the first time an officer from the South-west would be appointed to the position of the CG since the establishment of NIS in 1963.
“As immigration stakeholders, we are elated by the appointment and see it as a huge encouragement to female officers that they can reach the highest level of authority if they serve with integrity, excellence and patriotism.
“We can confirm that the appointment of Mrs Adepoju has been well received by men of the service at the NIS headquarters and across state commands and immigration formations in the country.
“She is known in the service to be a thorough-bred professional and highly motivated officer, who would bring her wealth of experience in immigration management to bare in the discharge of her duties.”
It added: “Her appointment is a breadth of fresh air to the NIS, the Nigerian women and all immigration stakeholders across the country.
“We however, appealed to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to confirm Mrs Adepoju as the substantive Comptroller General.”