Aregbesola: ‘The Process of Selecting the New CG is Not Arbitrary. It is Following Due Process…

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has said, choosing a new Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, will not be done randomly, but that, it will require following due process.


Aregbesola said this, during the Passing Out Parade, held in honour of Muhammad Babandede, at the Parade Ground of the Nigerian Immigration Service, (NIS), at the FCT, Abuja Headquarters office.


In Minister Rauf Aregbesola words,

“The process of selecting the new CG is not arbitrary. It is following a due process and that is why somebody is standing in for that process to be completed.


He added,

“We must commend the President for allowing due process and not just arbitrary impunity.”

 Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola further stated that, Muhammad Babandede, will be the first Comptroller General of the NIS to be accorded a ceremonial pulling out, this to him, is as a result of President Buhari’s commitment to due process.


While declaring Idris Jere, the Deputy Comptroller General, in charge of Finance and Account, as the new Acting Comptroller General of the NIS, he narrated why the former boss of NIS, Babandede’s tenure was extended, despite being due for retirement September, last year. This he credited to the fact that the new Acting Comptroller General, needs to understudy the outgoing CG and for Babandede to successfully finish the projects he had embarked on.


Aregbesola therefore, charged the new Acting CG, Jere, to sustain the achievements of the outgoing CG, Babandede and urged him to complete all unfinished projects of his predecessor.


Babandede, the 16th Comptroller General of NIS, was appointed on the 15th of May 2016, taking over from Martin Kure Abeshi.


In his parting speech, Babandede who believes that he left the Nigerian Immigration Service better than he met it; also promised his willingness to give his expertise advice whenever he is called upon by the NIS and by the nation.

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