By John Ikani
The Comptroller-General (CG) of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Alhaji Muhammad Babandede has disclosed that the service is perfecting plans to limit job opportunities other nationals can be employed to do in Nigeria.
Babandede made the disclosure on Tuesday when he paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Katsina, Dr Abdulmuminu Kabir-Usman in Katsina.
According to him the influx of foreign nationals into the country has made them occupy most of the job opportunities Nigerians can be engaged in.
“Therefore, we are going to limit the kind of jobs those foreign nationals can be engaged in by Nigerians. By doing such, Nigerians can get more job opportunities,” he said.
While soliciting the Emir’s blessings, Babandede noted that efforts by the immigration to collaborate with the traditional rulers would ensure serious management of the country’s security caused by the illegal influx of foreigners.
He identified Non-implementation of the ECOWAS protocols as a major challenge at Nigeria’s borders, adding that the service is going to ensure that the protocols are enforced.
Responding, the Emir, Dr Abdulmuminu Kabir-Usman said the decision to engage the traditional rulers is a welcome development, and assured the Comptroller-General of his support.
According to him, the traditional rulers, especially the village heads, ward heads and the district heads; have vital roles to play in identifying foreign nationals that had stayed longer and those coming in illegally into their domains.
He explained that if they were engaged, it would also assist both the traditional rulers and the government on how to manage security issues in their respective communities and the country in general.