January 08, (THEWILL) – The Abdulsamad Rabiu Initiative for Africa, an initiative of the Chairman of BUA group of companies, Alhaji Abdulsalam Rabiu, has offered the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) security sector grant of five hundred million Naira each, as part of her social development programme.
A statement released by the NIS spokesperson, DCI Tony Akuneme, said the NIS has been awarded Five Hundred Million Naira from Abdul Samad Rabiu Initiative for Africa, in recognition of the many successes recorded by the Service both nationally and internationally.
Akuneme said the Comptroller General of Immigration, Isah Jere Idris, while receiving the award letter, commended the Chairman, BUA Group, Alhaji Abdul Samad Rabiu, for the initiative and for recognising the strides of the Service.
He restated the Service’s commitment to Nigeria as well as global security while assuring the delegation of ASR Africa that the grant will be effectively utilised.
“The ASR Africa Security Sector Support Grant Scheme is an intervention initiative, targeted at sustainably impactful interventions in Security and Social Development in Africa.
“The grant is part of efforts of the Chairman of BUA Group, to give back to the African continent and make a lasting impact in peace and security, as a means of uplifting and restoring lives of Africans.
“It may be recalled that last year, 2022, in recognition of the efforts of NIS in better service delivery and migration management, the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), rated the Service as the best performing MDA in the country for 7 months consecutively.”
Speaking while presenting the cheque, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Initiative, Dr. Ubong Udo, said the organisation was set up as a vehicle to drive the Chairman’s mission for Nigerian and Africa, to create a platform where Nigerians and Africans can take responsibility to solve their own developmental problems by looking inwards.
This initiative has three thematic areas which include Health, Education and Social development.
In his response, the NCoS boss applauded the initiative and promised to make judicious use of the grant as an intervention to improve the security of custodial centres by adding another layer of technological surveillance that will enhance the remote monitoring frameworks.
Nababa said the grant will provide the service with equipment in ensuring that the security solutions cover a wider range of Custodial Centers and will reduce the chances of further attacks.
“While in capacity building more personnel will enjoy quality training on how to effectively utilise the IT solutions in driving the Service forward this will improve the morale of Staff.”
Nababa further said the image management of the Service will not be left out, as he promised to bring to limelight the efforts of the CGC through hi-tech equipment.
He also promised to expand the Service by employing more technology to make the Service at par with international Correctional Centres in developed countries.