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Immigration: Aggrieved senior officers send SOS to Babandede, PCC

...decry neglect in promotion exercise

From Priscilla Ofunre, Ado-Ekiti

Some aggrieved officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) have expressed their displeasure at an alleged plan to rob them of what they claimed is their right for promotion in the service which according to them have been denied them for many years, and have sent a Save-Our-Soul (SOS) message to the Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mohammed Babandede, the Public Complaints Commission (PCC), Head of Service of the Federation, Minister of Interior and several other relevant bodies.

According to a letter dated June 4, 2018, the officers, (names withheld by us), of the Rivers State Command of the NIS, and made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Friday, the officers alleged that while many junior officers who met them in the NIS, and with whom they have same higher, academic qualifications, have all been promoted ahead of them and several times, to become their seniors, they have remained behind in promotion despite having served in the NIS and the nation  meritoriously.
Confirming their fear, the aggrieved officers said, was the recent promotion released in 2019, where names of many of them on seniority list were not promoted.
They claimed further that the alleged unwholesome development occurs in several commands of NIS across the federation.
They therefore urged the Comptroller General, Babandede, PCC and other bodies to probe their allegation with a view to getting justice for them. Some of them who claimed to have served for 25, 30 and 34 years without deserving promotions decried alleged favoritism, nepotism and tribalism as criteria for promotion of officers in the Rivers Command of the NIS rather than merit and dedication to work.
The letter reads in part: “…while, we humbly and respectfully appreciate the Board Director /Secretary for the ongoing transformation and most importantly rekindling the hope of the helpless and disenchanted officers in the regimental organisation where seniority is supposed to be well and judiciously guided…we look forward to the proper placement of the those of us affected.
“We have a situation where our junior officers whom we are five ranks ahead of, with same HND as qualification, now are our senior by way of continuous promotion, ” they claimed.