The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, has retired after 36 years in service.
The Deputy Comptroller-General, Finance and Account, Idris Jere, has since stepped in as acting CG until a substantive Chief is appointed by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
Babandede, who was appointed to the highest Immigration office on May 15, 2016, succeeded Martin Abeshi.
He enacted several reforms in the Service, notably the digitisation of passport operations and the introduction of paperless administration.
Babandede also decentralised the issuance of passports and introduced the much-acclaimed Visa-on-Arrival policy.
Addressing officers and men of the NIS during a valedictory session organised in his honour on Friday, Babandede said; “I have left Immigration better than I found it.”
He acknowledged that he could only achieve so much with the assistance of his fellow officers. He appealed to anyone who will succeed him not to “throw away the ideas we stand for”.
“Keep the good things and drop the bad ones,” he advised.
The retired Immigration boss promised to be an ambassador of the NIS, saying he will always be ready to assist whenever his attention is required.
Babandede’s tenure as Comptroller General lasted five years and four months.