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Courtesy visit by the Nigeria Immigration Service

On the 23rd January, 2024, the Fund received a delegation from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Lagos State Command led by newly appointed Comptroller, Engr. Bala Aliu Dangana, during their courtesy visit to the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), in line with NIS familiarization tour to other security agencies in the State. 

The Comptroller, accompanied by other two Assistant Superintendents and two Deputy Superintendents, commended the Fund on its giant strides in facilitating safety and security in the State through its many laudable security interventions to the Police and by extension, other Federal and State military and paramilitary agencies operating in Lagos State.  He shared insights into the Nigeria Immigration Service’s mandate, encompassing the control of entry into and departure from Nigeria and Monitoring of Non-Nigerians in the country, Implementation of Nigeria’s extant visa regime, Execution of Deportation and repatriation orders, Manning all the nation’s border posts (Land, Sea and Air), Issuance and control of all travel documents, Determination of Refugees and asylum seeker, Implementation of various treaties (bilateral, multilateral) entered into by Nigeria with other countries, Anti-Human Trafficking activities, Border patrol and surveillance, Recommendation of Non-Nigerians requiring citizenship or naturalization to the Minister of Interior, amongst others.

Engr. Dangana acknowledged the logistical support the NIS (Lagos Command) has received from the Fund at various times and noted that this has in no small measure enhanced the activities of the NIS and sought further assistance from the Fund in the provision of additional operational vehicles and motorcycles, logistical support, etc.

Dr. Abdurrazaq Balogun, the Executive Secretary/CEO of LSSTF, in his remarks extended the Fund’s appreciation for the visit and emphasized the Fund’s commitment to its mandate of facilitating for general security in the State.  He highlighted challenges faced by citizens in passport issuance, border management, and other services provided by the Nigeria Immigration Service and commended the new Minister of Internal Affairs on the current reforms in the NIS.   He seized the opportunity to request that the Comptroller reach out to his colleagues in other security agencies particularly the Nigeria Customs Service to offer support to the Fund in our own collective interest. The Executive Secretary concluded by assuring the Comptroller of the Fund’s unwavering support and urged them to continue their good works for the general safety and security of all in Lagos State.

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