Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has entered into partnership with the Rivers State Command of the Nigerian Immigrations Service, NIS, on security.
Governor Wike sealed the partnership, when he received the new Comptroller of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Rivers State Command, Ishiaka Haliru, yesterday, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, during a courtesy visit.
Wike said the NIS would now be part of the monthly State Security meeting in Rivers State even as he commended the State Immigration Chief for establishing an office for issuance of Residence Permit and Aliens cards, noting that it will reduce the financial costs of travelling to neighbouring states, to obtain the document.
Governor Wike also commended Haliru for giving him insight on the revenue and tax collection potential of expatriates living in the state, and admitted that paucity of correct data were among the reasons his administration did not have an accurate demographic profile of foreign nationals in Rivers State.
The Governor promised to give the NIS vehicles and communication gadgets, for operational and logistic efficiency, and a parcel of land near the airport, to build its office complex.
Speaking earlier, the new Immigration boss, Ishiaka Haliru, said that the NIS was involved in community policing, and served as the first and last point of contact for anyone entering or departing the country.
He further stressed that his men played the role of first hand Public Relations agent and improved the tourism and investment potentials of any state or country.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Governor also partnered with the Rivers State Command of the Nigerian Prisons Service.
Governor Wike observed that the nation’s prisons have fallen into deplorable condition, challenging people in government to regularly take a tour of the prisons, to appreciate living conditions there.
“Anybody who has been convicted and sent to prison, will be in a better position to make suggestions on prison reforms, when he has served his sentence,” he said and promised to immediately provide observation towers, vehicles and walkie-talkies, to boost their operational efficiency, and also get the State Chief Justice, to regularly conduct jail deliveries, to help decongest the Port Harcourt prisons.
Earlier, the new Comptroller of the Rivers State Prison Command, John Mrabure, said the Port Harcourt prison initially built for 804 inmates was currently housing 3,573 inmates, and noted that more than 80 inmates slept in a cell.
He added that the prison currently has 264 condemned persons, because it is the only prison in Zone E with gallows facility. He said there were 80 convicted inmates in the Port Harcourt prisons, while more than 3000 people were awaiting trial.

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