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By Yetunde Verissimo -The Nigerian Voice, Abuja

In line with the intentions to build a well motivated workforce within the Immigration Service, the Comptroller-General of Immigration(CGI), Muhammed Babandede MFR, has rewarded 18 officers and men who have distinguished themselves in their various duties and four personnel for their outstanding gallantry in the ongoing Operation Lafiya Dole in the North-East.

The officers/ men were recognized at an event tagged - "Service award for outstanding Performance for 2016". Which took place on Monday, at the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS Headquarters, in Abuja.

According to the CGI, “the officers being recognised passed through different stages of screening, after which they were considered deserving of the prestigious award”. He called on the awardees to continue to do their best, while challenging the entire workforce to be faithful to the core values of the Service.

Also present at the ceremony, the Honourable Minister of Interior Lt. Gen Abdurahaman Bello Dambazzau, CFR , in his remarks, commended the CGI for enabling this occasion where outstanding performance is being rewarded particularly for those four gallant personnel who put their lives on the line to ensure the safety of the UN officials’ convoy when they came under fire recently in the North-East.

He also assured that the ministry would continue to motivate staff for optimal performance. And urged the NIS to remain steadfast in its critical role in the nation’s internal security matrix. Highlights of the event include cultural performance from Abuja cultural troupe.

Also in attendance at the event were the Director/Secretary of the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board (CDFIPB), Sunday Dan Ogu, the Comptroller-General of Prisons Service, Jafaru Ahmed, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Habila Joshak, Representative of Chief of Naval Staff Cmdr JD Jaja (Naval Provost Marshall), Deputy Corps Marshall, Wale Lawal and a host of other dignitaries.