The Controller for the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Plateau Command, Mrs Kemi Nandap, has called for synergy with the Plateau Govt. in screening expatriates for employment in the state.
The NIS official made the call at a courtesy visit to Gov. Simon Lalong at Government House, Jos.
She said that the synergy was necessary to expose expatriates who camouflaged as job seekers to pose security threats in the state.
“The Nigeria Immigration Service is willing and available to render profound advice as regards the recruitment of expatriates by MDAs by the state government.
“This is to forestall having expatriates playing on our intelligence or the intelligence of government officials who may be ignorant of the immigration laws and regulations,” she said.
She said that her visit was to intimate the governor with the commands activities since she took over office in March.
She thanked the state government for supporting the command to perform its duties by providing two Ford Vans for security duties and a 50 KVA generator.
The Controller appealed to the governor to facilitate access road to its complex and allocate land for the construction of its barracks to boost the morale of staff members.
Responding, Lalong thanked the Controller for the various security interventions embarked upon by the command, especially during the COVID-19 lockdown enforcement.
He urged her to ensure that the Principle of Federal Character was adopted in the recruitment of junior cadre officers into the service.
He said that the guideline of the Federal Character entailed that majority of junior workers from Grade level 01 to Grade level 06 should be recruited from the state hosting the organisation.
Lalong gave the NIS boss in Plateau the assurance of providing an enabling environment for the command to discharge its duties, saying he would look into the requests she presented.