Written by on August 10, 2021

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says holistic attitudinal change is required, if the Nigeria Immigration Service is to effectively tackle the scourge of corruption.

He has also stated that the fight against corruption requires collective effort of all Immigration Personnel and Nigerians, because of its complexity and endemic nature.

Governor Wike stated this at the 2021 sensitization and enlightenment workshop for officers of the Rivers State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Services in Port Harcourt.

Represented by the secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, Governor Wike observed that since the attitude of Immigration personnel at the airports often influence the perception of Foreigners visiting Nigeria, all strategy and mechanism must be deployed to tackle corruption in the immigration service.

The Governor, who described the theme of the workshop “Zero Tolerance Approach to Corruption – A Pathway to quality Service Deliver and Attitudinal Change”, as apt, noted that corruption has eaten deep into every fabric of the country.

He stressed that if corruption which has been identified as the bane of the country’s woes was not eradicated, the present generation may not be able to handover a virile and successful country to future generations.

Governor Wike commended the Nigeria Immigration Service for organizing the workshop intended to equip its personnel with the requisite knowledge and skill to deliver their mandate, devoid of corruption.

Earlier, the Comptroller of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Rivers State Command, Dayo Idowu, noted that the twin vices of poor service delivery and corruption have grave consequences for the development of any society.

He said Nigeria was headed for the precipice before the government in 2000 established the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC and then the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC in 2003 to tackle corruption in the country.

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