By Abraham Olatokunbo
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has named a newly built Conference Hall after the retiring Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammed Babandede as a parting gift and in honour of his contribution to improvement of the Service in the country.
The 1,031 capacity conference centre built at the NIS headquarters in Abuja, is one of the iconic project built by the departing CG.
Aregbesola, who could not but identified the impact of the CG who had his tenure extended by a year in order to continue to deliver of the projects he had started but could not be completed last year when he was due for retirement, said he was moved to name the commissioned project Muhammed Babandede Conference Centre for the numerous impactful projects of the departing CG.
Aregbesola noted that the commissioning of the centre which is coming at a time the Comptroller-General, (CG), of the NIS, Muhammed Babandede, is about to retire, is a testament of the commitment he has put into developing the agency.
He said, “I on behalf of our President Muhammadu Buhari, commission this property which coincidentally falls within the period of retirement of the current comptroller general of immigration, I want to honour him by naming this auditorium in his name. I therefore commission it as the Muhammed Babandede Conference Centre.”
The Minister also urged the officers of the NIS to ensure that the Conference Centre and all other resources provided by the government, are efficiently used for the smooth running of the agency and optimum service delivery to the public.
He said an efficient use of the conference centre would not only justify government’s infrastructure investment in the NIS, but would also bring about a more robust running of the agency as well as improve service delivery.
“I want to admonish the officers and men of this service to ensure proper usage, adequate and proper maintenance because a lot has gone into developing, building and furnishing these edifices to the best for all of us to make good use of it.
I therefore urge you all as officers, to make it your responsibility to manage these properties and ensure that we get value for the investment”, he said.
Also speaking at the unveiling of a 36 block transit camp storey building for officer on transfer and temporary assignments, the CG said the agency is poised to ensure that the welfare of officers is given adequate attention.
He said the NIS has identified the need for a transit camp where officers who are on transfer can live until they are able to get an accommodation.
“We believe that this building will help solve the challenge of accommodation for our officers who are on transfer until they are able to get their accommodation,” he said.