Federal Government has reiterated commitment towards the improvement of working condition of Officers and men of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who made this known in at the inauguration of a new state command office complex of the Immigration Service at Uyo, Akwa Ibom.
Aregbesola said the commitment was evident in the financial supports given to the Service by the government in its bid to strengthen internal security and quality of service to Nigerians.
He further stated that government had committed multi-billion Naira to the construction of the technology building at the NIS headquarters.
He added that approval of fifty-two billion naira had also been given for the e-border projects which are deliberate government policies to secure the country’s borders.
Also, the Federal Government has urged states government to stop interfering in mining operations in the country, in order to attract private investors to the industry.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Abdulkadir Mu’azu, made this known at the third National Council on Mining and Mineral Resources Development Conference, in Ado-Ekiti.
Blaming lack of interest of investors in the sector to undue interference of most states governments, Mu’azu maintained that as long as state governments were meddling in mining operations in their respective states, the private sector would not be interested.
The permanent secretary explained that this was why investors could never get a license without community development agreement.
He added that unlike oil, that was found in few states of the federation, solid minerals were found in every state.
The theme of the three-day council meeting was: “Nigeria Minerals and Metal Sector: Spectrum for Investment Opportunities for Economic Growth and Development.