From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
Katsina State Pilgrims Board has called for deeper partnership with the Nigeria Immigration Service to ensure successful pilgrims operations in the future.
The Executive Director of the board, Suleiman Nuhu Kuki made this known yesterday when the new Comptroller of Immigration, Abdullahi Dalhatu paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
Kuki said though partnership between the board and service was cordial, a deeper relationship would make for a smooth and hitch-free Hajj exercise in the future.
Speaking to the Comptroller, Kuki said, “I am aware of the important role of your office and have been adequately briefed on the cordial relationship that exists between the command and the board”.
“I also wish to register our gratitude and acknowledge the support and cooperation the board have been receiving from the officers and men of NIS leading to the successes of the annual operations”.
“The Nigeria Immigration Service is a critical stakeholder as per the conduct of Hajj operation is concerned”.
“The board will therefore, continue to partner with you and engage your services in such areas as procurement of e-passports, the usual screening of pilgrims both the outbound and inbound, and also as resource persons during the conduct of annual enlightenment classes for pilgrims throughout the state”.
“While we continue to count on your continued support and cooperation, our doors will continue to be opened for you and your staff 24/7 to facilitate efficient service delivery to our clients”, the pilgrims boss concluded.
Earlier, the new state Immigration Comptroller, Abdullahi Dalhatu appealed to the board to desist from allowing non Nigerians use the agency to acquire the nation’s passport.
Dalhatu who noted that, Katsina is a border state, said “as citizens of Nigeria, we must be patriotic by protecting the interest of the Nation.”
He therefore solicited the support and cooperation of the board to enable it discharge its statutory functions, assuring the board its continued assistance whenever the need arises.