Press Release 26th August 2013

PRESS RELEASE

RE: ANGRY NIGERIANS IN CANADA PROTEST UNANNOUNCED CLOSURE OF THE NIGERIA HIGH COMMISION AND SHORDY PASSPORT SERVICES IN OTTAWA

The attention of the CGIS of the NIS has been drawn to the Friday 23rd August 2013 online publication with the above rider and has directed after due enquiry that the following clarification be made:

1. That the incident was caused by a breakdown in communication between the High Commission in Ottawa and Nigerians living in Calgary. His Excellency, the High Commissioner in Ottawa had on the 12th of August, 2013 graciously approved for Immigration officer’s visit to Calgary with mobile e-passport issuing equipment instead of allowing Nigerians in that city to make the long journey for the purposes of acquiring Nigerian passport. This information was not communicated by posting same on the official website of the High Commission until about 12:10pm of the 23rd August 2013 when the affected Nigerians had started arriving the Commission. His Excellency, the High Commissioner on realizing the big mix up had to immediately recall immigration officers who were about to board their flights to Calgary to return and attend to the Nigerians.

2. The CGIS, like His Excellency, the High Commissioner deeply regrets any inconvenience this mix-up may have caused the Nigerians in Canada for whose welfare and needs the High Commission and indeed the immigration officers were sent to serve.

 

3. The CGIS will also want to use this medium to inform Nigerians in the Diaspora that the NIS has been sending officers to countries with either skeletal diplomatic services or where those services are non-existent to carter for their passport needs. This policy is well known under the intervention scheme of the Service. This isolated incident in Canada, though unfortunate and regrettable should not be used to condemn the good intention of government in the intervention scheme. The NIS will therefore put in place measures to forestall the recurrence of this unfortunate incident in the future.
Thank You.

CPP OBUA (CSI)
SERVICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
26th August, 2013



PRESS RELEASE

THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF NIGERIA IMMIGRATION SERVICE ADOPTS ZERO-LEVEL TOLERANCE ON CORRUPTION

The Comptroller General of Immigration (CGI), Mr. David Shikfu Parradang mni, has adopted a zero-level tolerance policy on corruption. He stated this on assumption of office after his appointment by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR. The CGI announced this to officers and men during the monthly CGI’s Parade on 14th of August, 2013. He asserted that on no condition should any officer solicit for any form of gratification as a condition for performing his lawful duties. He directed all officers and men to immediately dismantle any ‘Toll Gate’ they might have mounted at certain critical points of the Service’s operations like the Entry Points (Airports, Seaports and Land Border Posts), Passport Offices, Visa Counters, CERPAC Offices etc. He added that officers in charge of certain Passport Offices against whom reports of corrupt practices were reported have been relieved of their posts and are presently facing disciplinary actions.

1. The CGI advised members of the public to desist from soliciting the assistance of touts in procuring Immigration facilities and that all applications for such facilities are to be sourced and paid for online. The official fees and mode of application can be accessed via the Service website: www.immigration.gov.ng. He admonished members of the public to promptly report any Immigration Officer who approaches them or solicits for any payment in cash in respect of any Immigration facility. Officers of the Service can be identified by their uniforms and name tags which are conspicuously displayed at the top of their right-hand pockets. He urged officers manning the Servicom Desks to be courteous and give useful information to members of the public who approach them for same.

2. Finally, the CGI informed the audience during the parade that the Service has taken delivery of automated machines which will be installed in Passport Offices. These machines will make sure that applicants are attended to on first-come-first-served basis. This will discourage the public who believe that they can compromise officers to jump the gun. The pilot scheme of this project is ongoing in the Service Headquarters’ Passport Office and other Passport Offices with heavy human traffics.


SIGNED
CPP OBUA (CSI)
SERVICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
26th August, 2013

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