The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has solicited greater co-operation with the relevant stakeholders on the issue of security of coastal borders of the state.
The new comptroller of Immigration Service, Akwa Ibom Command, Mr George Didel, made the request while on familiarization visit to the Ministry of Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport recently.
Didel explained that the visit was also to discuss areas of mutual interest, while emphasizing the need for collaboration between the Immigration Service and the ministry for economic advice in relation to the Ibom Deep Seaport project.
“We will support Akwa Ibom government in the smooth running of the Ibom Deep Seaport project”.
He noted that Akwa Ibom is relatively peaceful due to the cooperation presently being enjoyed among security agencies which should be sustained and improved upon.
Speaking on government efforts on security of the coastal region, the commissioner for economic development and Ibom Deep Seaport, Mr Akan Okon, said Akwa Ibom government has put in place measures to checkmate illegal migrants, while assuring the officers of its willingness to do more.
Okon reiterated that the topmost priority of Governor Udom Emmanuel administration is a well secured state.
The economic development boss assured the team that Akwa Ibom government under the leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel will put in place necessary logistics that will assist them in doing their work effectively.
He commended the Immigration Service over the enhanced electronic passport which would eliminate passport racketeering and touting, adding that it was a boost to the image of the agency and the country at large.
Also speaking, the permanent secretary of the ministry, MrEffiong Ekpenyong, expressed gratitude to the team, and pledged the support of the ministry to NIS for effective service delivery in the State.