The Comptroller-General of Immigration ( CGI) Muhammed Babandade, has challenged newly promoted officers in Zone ‘A’ command, Lagos to rise to the challenge offered by their promotions.
Babandade who was speaking during the decoration of newly promoted 26 officers at Zone A Command, Ikeja, Lagos, said, “You are wearing new ranks , but that should not make you to go to bed, but rather, you should know that you are now putting on new caps and shoes, so have moved to a new level. A new level of higher responsibility, dedication to duty and effectiveness to your call” Babandade said.
Though the Comptroller General was represented by Assistant Comptroller General of Immigration, ACG Alfa Muhammad who said:
“I remember vividly when the CG decorated newly promoted officers, he told them that their new ranks should not make them to go to sleep, but to make them awake to their new tasks because to who much is given, much more is expected of him. This advise is what I want to be replicated in this zone. You should lead by examples, just like I do. I want you to be more dedicated to your duty and responsibility.
“Promotion first and foremost comes from God and second through hard work. You should thank God and thank the CG Babandade for recognising your hard work. You should be grateful to CG for the massive promotion we have been enjoying. It had never been so in the history of the service. The CG has been interested in our welfare. He has done many things for us that will make us to be grateful, dedicated and loyal to the service” Muhammad added.
“For those of you that have been decorated today, you should know the CG’s zero tolerance to corruption. We don’t condone corruption of any kind. You should not been involved in any anti service conduct. Be sincere in serving the members of the public. You are like ambassadors; guide public when they are making mistakes. You are senior officers, be shinning examples to your subordinates and they will be good.
“For those who have not been promoted, don’t be discouraged for more promotions are coming. I am a member of the board that sat for the promotion, I tell you unequivocally that more promotions are coming. The CG has assured us of it. Continue to do your job with enthusiasm and more dedication as God and your hard work will soon locate you”.
Muhammad, who was assisted during the decoration by Senior officers , including Comptroller Kings Ekpedeme, said the service was growing in strength and might and officers and men should live up to expectation.
The decorated officers are three Deputy Comptrollers of Immigration, seven Assistants Comptrollers, one Chief Superintendent, three Deputy Superintendent amongst others.