By ANAYO OKOLI
UMUAHIA — ABIA State governor, Chief Theodore Orji, has urged the Nigeria Immigration Service to step up surveillance to check the influx of illegal immigrants into the state, expressing concern over the large concentration of same set of people in Aba, the commercial city.
According to Governor Orji, checking the influx of illegal immigrants will help the security agencies to sustain the prevailing peace and security in the state.
Governor Orji stated this when he received the new Controller of Immigration, Abia State Command, Mr. Crowther Chiribam, at Government House, Umuahia.
The governor urged the service to give priority attention to Aba in its operations as, according to him, it attracts and harbours people from diverse backgrounds and, as such known, for its complex and volatile nature.
Orji assured of the readiness of the state government to assist the immigration service for efficient service delivery in the state.
He also advised officers and men of the command to give maximum cooperation to the new controller to succeed.
He, however, advised the new controller to remain focussed in the discharge of his duties.
Earlier in his remarks, the new controller, Mr. Chiribam, expressed appreciation to the state government for it’s assistance to the command which, according to him, has enhanced the operations of the immigration service in the state.
He also commended Governor Orji for his developmental strides in all sectors of the state economy.