Immigration Officers To Undergo Tests To Rid Agency Of Drug Abuse

Yemisi Izuora

The Comptroller of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Muhammad Babandede has reiterated his commitment to rid the Service of drug abusers.

To effect this, a two step test will soon be carried out on this with visible and confirmed cases of drug abuse for rehabilitation.

Further more, they will be appropriately sanctioned to deter others and sanitised the system.

The National Public Relations Officer of NIS Sunday James, a Deputy Comptroller, who made the disclosure in a release, said the directive was issued by the Comptroller General during a virtual parade.

James said the Comptroller’s resolve has immediately been communicated to all the officers and men of the service.

According to the release, Babandede noted that every effort put up by any organization to rid its employees of drug abuse will increase productivity, efficiency and effectiveness and gain public confidence.

The Comptroller who asserted that arm bearing personnel must avoid drug abuse in whatever form.

He encouraged the NIS personnel and indeed all stakeholders to imbibe a safe and healthy attitude in handling drugs, only to heal and cure ailments not to be abused.

The release reads, ” The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service Muhammad Babandede MFR at the Virtual Comptroller General parade reiterated his commitment and intention to rid the NIS of Drug abusers, as contained in his speech during the Virtual parade and communicated to all the officers and men of the service.

Drug induced misbehaviors or misdeeds are negative effects of Drug abuse which has severe effects on Nations and Societies safety and well-being of innocent citizens, more so for arm carrying agencies of government, the arm carrying personnel must avoid drug abuse in whatever form to safeguard lives.

The responsibility of an organization or agency of state can be measured by the level of discipline of its workforce, hence during one of the passing out parade of the NIS cadet Assistant Superintendents in Kano in 2019,the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service announced a Zero tolerance for Drug Abuse with the commitment that ” the test will start with him” he has not reneged on these noble cause of reforming the NIS health wise and enhancing the emotional stability of officers and men at work for effective and efficient discharge of their duties.

The Comptroller General Babandede renewed effort to fight drug abuse and drug induced misbehaviors among the service personnel is an examplary leadership style, as every effort put up by any organization to rid its employees of drug abuse will increase productivity, efficiency and effectiveness and gain public confidence.

On this note, he said that a two step test will be carried out on those with visible and confirmed cases of drug abuse for rehabilitation and if they cannot be rehabilitated due to personal attitude and negligence, they will be appropriately sanctioned to deter others and sanitise the system.

On the International Day Against Drug Abuse, he encouraged the NIS personnel and indeed all stakeholders to imbibe a safe and healthy attitude in handling drugs, only to heal and cure ailments not to be abused”

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