“As Lagos gets another passport office.”
Against the backdrop of recent security challenges in the country, Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has urged the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to rise up to the occasion by contributing meaningfully to the security of the country.
Fashola, who spoke at the Lagos House while hosting the Comptroller of the NIS, Lagos State Command, Mr. Abbas Ahmed, who paid him a courtesy visit, said the Immigration Service, in its conception and by its territorial location, should be at the forefront of intelligence gathering in the current efforts to secure the country.
He told the visiting Comptroller, “This is the time when you can, by your very clear action, demonstrate to Nigerians that you are more than an agency whose role is simply to issue passports. It will not be achieved simply by talking about it”.
Congratulating the Comptroller on the NIS move to create a third passport office in Ikeja, the governor said his administration remains a willing and ready partner with the Immigration Service in its efforts and activities aimed at achieving security in Nigeria and Lagos State.
Earlier, the Comptroller said the purpose of his visit was to register the appreciation of the NIS to the state government for its assistance and also to inform the governor of the creation of a new passport office (the third in Lagos) in Ikeja.
-By Foluso Ajibulu
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