Isa Jere, the Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, on Friday tasked the newly graduated female officers to put the knowledge and training learnt into use to enhance their capacity and prepare them for future tasks ahead.
Mr Jere said this at the passing out parade ceremony of the maiden Nigeria Immigration Service Women Armed Squad in its training school, Ahoada in Rivers State.
Mr Jere was represented by an Assistant Comptroller-General, Usman Babangida.
He charged the officers to ensure the security of the country’s borders and ensure lives and property of the citizens were well protected.
The service’s spokesperson, Tony Akuneme, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.
Mr Jere said, “today’s event is another innovation.
“It will further enhance our capacity to effectively deploy our personnel to critical areas of national assignment as may be required from time to time.
“Today, we are witnessing the Passing Out Parade of 61 officers, all female, who have undergone rigorous physical training on weapons handling among others.
“These officers have indeed demonstrated their readiness and capacity to stand toe-to-toe with the male as they go out there to serve our fatherland.
“May I also inform you that the service presently has over 1000 personnel undergoing the pre-basic training programme in Immigration Training School, Kano and the Customs Training School, Goron Dutse, Kano.
The C-G said the essence of the training was to ensure the readiness of its personnel, both physically and mentally to compete favourably with their counterparts across the world in the performance of core Immigration duties.
“The task before you is indeed daunting, but I enjoin you to be focused and disciplined at all time because these are the precursors for success in the course of carrying out your duties.
“As you pass out of this noble institution today, you must be prepared and ready at all times because your services will be needed in the areas of general security, border duties, escort duties, care for female detainees, search at ports of entry and deployment for special operations with other sister agencies whenever the need arose.
“Therefore, put the knowledge and training you have gained in the course of this training into use, to enhance your capacity and prepare you for these tasks,” he said.