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Ondo partners NIS to tackle illegal immigration

By Adedotun Ajayi

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Ondo state Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa has pledged government’s commitment to collaborate with the State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to curb the activities of illegal immigrants.

Aiyedatiwa gave the assurance yesterday while playing host to the top officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Ondo State Command,.led by the State Comptroller, Mrs Grace Olaitan Adeoye, in his office, Alagbaka Akure.

He emphasized the importance of joint efforts in addressing the issue of illegal immigration and trafficking.

Also in attendance are the Deputy Governor, Dr Olayide Adelami, Chief of Staff, Prince Segun Omojuwa, Head of Service, Mr Bayo Philip, Commissioner for Finance, Omowumi Isaac, Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Dr Olukayode Ajulo, Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Akogun Gbenga Omole, SSA on Broadcast Communications, Dapo Aruwajoye among others.

The Governor commended the Immigration Service for their ongoing efforts in identifying and apprehending illegal immigrants, highlighting the crucial role they play in maintaining security and order within the state.

He emphasised the need for accurate data collection and collaboration between the government and the Immigration Service to effectively combat the problem of illegal immigration.

“We appreciate your diligent efforts in identifying and apprehending illegal immigrants residing within our local governments. I am confident that your organisation maintains thorough records of these individuals.

“As a government, we seek access to this data so that the Attorney General’s office can investigate further. Having access to these records will enable us devise effective strategies for addressing this pressing issue”, he added.

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Ondo State Comptroller, NIS, Grace Olaitan Adeoye had earlier, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to connect with Governor Aiyedatiwa and his administration.

She highlighted the vital role of the Immigration Service in the State and acknowledged the support received.

Adeoye also requested for the rehabilitation of certain structures at their office and emphasized the service’s involvement in combating human trafficking and illegal immigration.

The governor was honoured with an Award of excellence by Comptroller Grace Olaitan Adeoye, who commended his leadership style, stating that the entire service was impressed.

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