The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has urged its men and officers to engage in farming as a viable alternative source of income.
Its Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammad Babandede, made the call at a sensitisation and capacity building forum on agriculture for personnel of the service on Thursday in Abuja.
“Section 28 of the 5th Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria allows public servants to engage in agriculture so long as it doesn’t affect their official duties. “Officers should take opportunities of this programme to improve their lot by creating alternative sources of income for themselves and their families,’’ Babandede said.
According to him, the capacity building programme is a joint effort between the NIS and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
He stated that the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) had rated the NIS as the first federal agency to embrace the Federal Government’s ease of doing business initiative. The rating, he noted, is coming second time in a row, a confirmation that the service is on the right track in the ease of doing business.
He explained that the workshop was also meant to prepare officers for the next implementation level of the `National Action Plan 02’, which was designed to take care of streamlining of entry and exit processes.
“The plan will also reduce average clearance procedure by 50 per cent; automate expatriate quota application process, and further reduce the timeline for service delivery, while specifying ingredients for reform oriented leadership.
“These will be tailored toward transparency in service delivery, service level agreement, customer service interface and continuous communication with the public,’’ Babandede said.