Post­ing: Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice moves against graft, in­jus­tice

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Joshua Odeyemi

The Nige­ria Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice (NIS) is im­ple­ment­ing a new post­ing sys­tem that will re­duce cor­rup­tion and im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity, the Comp­trol­ler-Gen­eral of the Ser­vice. Muhammed Ba­band­ede has said.

Ba­band­ede, who re­vealed this at an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with news­men in Abuja yes­ter­day, said the present post­ing sys­tem pro­vided a breed­ing ground for cor­rup­tion and in­jus­tice.

“I am re­or­gan­is­ing the sys­tem of post­ing”, he said, “I have some of­fi­cers who have spent nine years in for­eign posts. I have of­fi­cers who have spent nine years in train­ing schools, that is not fair. I have set up a com­mit­tee and it will sub­mit its re­port any­time from next week. The post­ing pol­icy will be like a cir­cu­lar form and will be for cadre of­fi­cers.”

While not­ing that post­ings would now be done ev­ery two years, the Ba­band­ede stressed: “For ex­am­ple, when you spend two years in the pass­port of­fice, you will spend the next two years in the bor­ders and so on. They will all know the cir­cle.”

He main­tained that hav­ing such a cir­cu­lar would help in deal­ing with lob­by­ists who al­ways call to make case for their friends, family mem­bers and as­so­ciates.

“I am deal­ing with great lob­by­ists. They are caus­ing a lot of havoc for Nige­ria. When I came on board, some of­fi­cers who had spent eight years in for­eign post­ing started beg­ging min­is­ters, sen­a­tors, House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives mem­bers and gov­er­nors for them to stay,” he said.

Ba­band­ede dis­closed that among all im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers, only 5% can have the op­por­tu­nity to go for for­eign post­ing within their ser­vice years, hence ev­ery­one must be given the op­por­tu­nity to get it.

He added that he was on the verge of im­ple­ment­ing a new promotion guide­line where per­son­nel would write promotion ex­am­i­na­tions on­line and get their re­sults im­me­di­ately on their mo­bile phones.

He as­sured that the cur­rent pro­ce­dure where per­son­nel bribe their ways to promotion would soon stop.

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