By Jude Atupulazi
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Anambra State Command, has promoted 46 officers to various ranks.
The officers, who included 6 Deputy Comptrollers, 7 Assistant Comptrollers, one Chief Superintendent of Immigration, 4Superintendent of Immigration, were tasked to see their elevation as an act of God which they should repay with hard work, diligence and exhibition of a high sense of professionalism by Mr Edirin Okota, Comptroller, Anambra Command.
Other newly promoted officers were 11 Deputy Superintendent of Immigration, 1 Assistant Superintendent of Immigration 1 and 16 Assistant Superintendent of Immigration II
Mr Okoto, who is barely three months old in Anambra, while performing the ceremony, congratulated the promoted officers and pointed out that getting elevated in the service did not come easy.
‘As far as the service is concerned, you have to work very hard and your ability and dexterity must be recognized to take you to greater heights,’ he noted.
The Comptroller who enjoined those that were not promoted to work harder, put in their best and follow the steps of the successful officers, assured that NIS, Anambra Command, would keep moving to greater heights.
Speaking with journalists after the ceremony, Mr Patrick Nnadi Mezuma, who was promoted from the rank of Assistant Comptroller to Deputy Comptroller of Immigration, described the day as a very memorable one and thanked God for such honour.
Mr. Mezuma stated that promotion entailed not only being qualified, but had a lot of indices to consider which included the federal character and years of service, among other things.
He noted that promotion came with additional responsibility and prayed God to grant him the enablement to discharge his duties as the most senior in the rank.
Also speaking, Ms Ifeoma Obiora, who was promoted from Assistant Superintendent of Immigration to Deputy Superintendent of Immigration, expressed excitement at her new position.
She promised to continue being loyal to the service, even as she said serving the public had been her passion.
The husband of Assumpta Onyekachukwu Ezeani who was promoted from Chief Superintendent of Immigration to Assistant Comptroller of Immigration and Director in Anambra Basic Education, Dr Uchenna Elochukwu Ezeani, described his wife as a faithful, dutiful, loving, caring mother of all his children. He noted that getting promoted was not easy and that it brought joy.
Dr Ezeani who was visibly excited, promised to support his wife to get more promotions.
His words, ‘She has all my support; every encouragement she needs from me and the entire family, she will get it.
The highpoint of the event was the decoration of the officers in their new ranks.