The Comptroller General of Immigration, Isah Jere Idris, has announced the promotion of 4,526 personnel of the Service who participated in the 2021 Promotion, Upgrading and Advancement exercise.
The Service Public Relations Officer, Amos Okpu, said in a statement in Abuja on Thursday that the promotion is contained in a letter from the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board vide CDCFIB/S.33/VOLIII/54 and dated 18th August, 2022.
Idris made the announcement on Thursday at the Service Headquarters while decorating some of his personal aides who were among the personnel promoted.
Among the officers decorated with their new ranks included the Service Public Relations Officer, Amos Okpu, who is now a Deputy Comptroller of Immigration; the outgoing Protocol Officer to the Comptroller General, MY Dutse, and his successor, MA Ajimobi, who are now Deputy Comptrollers.
Others include Mercy Gadzama, Facility Manager of the NIS Technology Building, now a Chief Superintendent, Security Detail to the CGI, AO Olukoya, also promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent as well as Tanko Godiya and Nguar Loice Titus of the Rapid Response Squad, both now Assistant Superintendents of Immigration (II).
In the breakdown of the promotion released by the NIS, a total of 145 Assistant Comptrollers of Immigration got promoted to the rank of Deputy Comptroller of Immigration; 99 Chief Superintendents of Immigration were promoted to the rank of Assistant Comptroller of Immigration; 307 Superintendents of Immigration were moved to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Immigration; while 338 Deputy Superintendents of Immigration got promoted to the rank of Superintendent of Immigration.
Another 589 Assistant Superintendents of Immigration (I) are now Deputy Superintendents; 794 Assistant Superintendents of Immigration (II) got promoted to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Immigration (I) while 21 Inspectors of Immigration were promoted to Assistant Superintendents of Immigration (II).
Furthermore, whereas 1,254 personnel got advancement to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Immigration (II), a total of 979 junior personnel who acquired higher qualifications and demonstrated high skills and competences have also been upgraded to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Immigration (II).
Speaking at the decoration ceremony of his personal aides, the Comptroller General commended the Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola who also doubles as the chairman of the Board for his huge commitment to staff motivation.
He charged the newly promoted officers to justify their elevations through enhanced dedication and uncommon loyalty to authorities.
He assured government that the Service under his watch shall continue to make useful contributions to the peace and progress of the country