Masari Advises Immigration Services To Adopt Technology At Border Posts
By Segun Olaniya
KATSINA – Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari has emphasized the need for the Nigeria Immigration Services to adopt the use of technology for effective and safe operations in the border posts.
Masari made this assertion when he received the new Comptroller of Immigration Services, Abdulrazak Muazu at the Government house Katsina.
According to him, physical surveillance is not enough considering the difficulties in operating at the open borders with Niger Republic.
“The services of the Nigeria Immigration Services is required more at the current period of illegal flow of hard drugs and the proliferation of small arms and ammunitions into the country”.
He however stressed that, security operatives require more sophisticated facilities and highly secured vehicles, with the support of the members of border communities to operate safely.
The Governor promised more support to the state command to enable it carry out it’s constitutional mandate.
Abdulrazak Muazu, the new state Immigration boss, earlier, said the visit was to formally introduce himself, assuring of the command’s readiness to work with other sister security agencies in the fight against bandits and other crimes bedeviling the state.
Muazu who noted that, sixty-six officers and men were trained and deployed to patrol targeted border flanks in the state, however pleaded for logistics support for effective service delivery.
In a related development, Governor Aminu Bello Masari has directed the Nigeria-Niger joint security team to promptly address the issue of security in the border areas before the commencement of the rainy season.
Masari who gave the directive when he received the multi-national security team leader, the General Officer Commanding eight division of the Nigeria Army, Major General Usman Abdulmumini Yusuf at the Government house Katsina, said this will allow farmers cultivate their farms.