The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Mohammad Babandede says the service will commence the registration of all foreigners in Nigeria in 2019.
He said the nationwide exercise was aimed at exposing non-Nigerians who have either over stayed beyond their stipulated period or entered the country through illegal means.
Babandede stated this during the first conversion course of six hundred and thirty nine inspectorate cadre to assistant superintendent cadre passing out parade which took place at the Custom Training College, Kano.
He said the Immigration will work with the state governors and other stakeholders as well as the general public to ensure that all foreigners in their respective households are compelled to participate in the registration exercise.
The Comptroller General reiterated that 2019 will be eventful for the service with a number of activities including upgrading of Nigerian passport and extension of its validity period to 10 years, changing the service to an IT driven institution and ensuring efficient service devoid of corruption.
On capacity building of the officers, he said the Nigerian Immigration Service was providing avenues for its personnel to advance their level of education aimed at achieving effective service delivery.
Babandede maintained that the six hundred and thirty nine officers were opportune to obtain degrees and Higher National Diplomas while in the service which led to their promotion.
The CG charged the newly converted officers to make maximum utilization of the experience acquired during the training.
In a remark the training commandant, Comptroller Eib Inok said the officers were trained for six weeks on different strategies and modalities of how to move the Immigration service forwards.
She urged the newly converted officers to be good ambassadors of the service and shun all forms of corruption and misconducts.