- LASG plans court for MMIA, as FAAN, NIS list synergy benefits
The Lagos State Government has said that great Institutions like the Nigeria Immigration Service Murtala Muhammed International Airport ( MMIA) and its sister agencies need to collaborate stronger, and not work in silos for better facilitation of regular migration.
The State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu made this known at the 60th Anniversary of the Nigeria Immigration Service ( NIS) with theme:Inter-Agency Collaboration to Enhance Seamless Regular Migration, urging the agencies at the airport to work together, share information, create synergy to achieve a successful trajectory.
The Governor represented by Secretary of the State Governor Mrs. Abimbola Salu-Hundeyin also commended the evolution of the service with regards technology and innovation stressing that the need for further interagency collaboration cannot be over -emphasised especially in Lagos which has all the access points, air, land and sea.
Regional General Manager Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria( FAAN), Mr. Ayodele Sunday who spoke for the Managing Director Chief Executive, Mr. Kabir Mohammed said working together for a common good has been one of the hallmarks of his stay at the MMIA.
He congratulated the NIS at its Diamond Jubilee stressing that the collaboration between the airport managers and the regular migration facilitators have been great since his arrival.
He said,” Working together towards a common good, no rivalry, no superiority, all are working together for the best of the country, good working relations and this has led to catching some vandals who have been carting away our cables at the MMIA.
“This is a clear message that the MMIA is noy a safe haven for vandals and this is due to collaboration.
He, however, described the two week sentence of community service handed to vandals as not enough, requesting the State Government to bring a court for the MMIA where they understand the import of getting the maximum sentence to deter other criminals.
Responding, Governor Sanwolu said the state government is looking at this as the airport is the face of the nation and needs to show as much.
While delivering the opening speech, MMIA Command Comptroller Nigeria Immigration Service ( CIS), Adeola Adesokan said collaboration at the Airport has never been better as all hands have been on deck to provide the necessary synergy for everyone to work.
She stated, “…Contemporary migration managements which are in tandem with best global practices have shown that ensuring and enhancing seamless regular migration requires interagency collaboration and cooperation.
“It is in this regard that I wish to, on behalf of the Service, enjoin all critical stakeholders here present to jointly foster and strengthen existing interagency collaboration and cooperation and jettison individual competition for the enhancement of seamless migration of our teeming international travelers.
Adesokan also said,”And staying true to her growth, the Nigeria Immigration Service has been re-positioned to a Service with the vision “to be a modern, effective and efficient Service, manned by well-trained and motivated workforce” and the mission “to strengthen the security and prosperity of Nigeria through proactive, effective and efficient border security and migration management”.
The highlight of the diamond jubilee at the MMIA was the talk on collaboration by. Fela Durotoye spoke on Interagency collaboration as well as Deputy Managing Director, Access Bank, Mr.Victor Etuoku as well as Chief Executive Officer Sterling Bank, Mr. Abubakar Suleiman.