Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has asked immigration officers to provide adequate internal security in the country.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that he spoke on his first official visit to the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Headquarters, Abuja, on Thursday.
“If we are active in delivering these mandates and primary objectives of this administration, if there is transparency in what we do as officers, then there cannot be corruption in the country.
“I urge you to support the Comptroller-General and the interior ministry to eradicate threats to internal security,” he said.
While commending the efforts of the comptroller-general, the minister said the vision was clear that technology would be used to make the service efficient in the delivery of its core mandate and service to the nation.
“The ministry of interior has a responsibility for internal security and safety of Nigerians. This will we ensured.
“Nigerians in their movement particularly around the borders must not only be protected but must equally be studied to be sure that the movement around the world do not in anyway expose them to risk.
“Also, people who are coming in either from the neighbouring nations or from far flunk territories and nations, they must be visitors of peace and of joy.
“Should they trouble us, the NIS as the agency that guarantees peace, security and happiness of Nigerians must ensure that such persons are prevented from entering into the country,” he said.
He further said the ministry must ensure that all agencies, officers, men and staff understood that they were enhancers of internal security.
“This is from the most lowly to the highest paid officer in any of the various agencies and departments in the ministry,” he said.