By Musa Diso, Kano
In spite of the outstanding achievements it recorded since inception in 1976, the Nigerian Immigration Training School, Kano, is ironically bedevilled by some avoidable challenges which have to some extent, put clogs in wheels of certain objectives of the institution’s educational system.
This was the observation made by the Commandant of the school, Comptroller Immigration Services (CIS), R.S. Adegoke during the Passing Out Parade (POP) and Presidential Commissioning of the 43rd Superintendent Basic Course 2018, held at the Immigration Training School in Kano over the weekend.
Said he “undoubtedly, the school has recorded outstanding achievements, but then it is also saddled with some challenges,” and he reeled out some of the problems facing the institution among which include poor infrastructural development, an abandoned library and an eight classroom block named U.K. Umar Block, pointing out that the two abandoned structures were a threat to the safety of lives and property of residents within the premises hence appealed for their complete renovation.
Other challenges he said are the school indoor shooting range which is in need of repairs like an in-built sound proof system, lightening for better visibility and the reinforcement of the walls of the shooting
range, adding that access into the school is a serious headache due to erosion caused by rainfall hence the need to tar the road.
He pointed out that the 42 year old institution yarns for additional senior and junior staff quarters and hostel accommodation as a result of growing population, so also the renovation of burnt officers’ mess and barrack at the old site (Damp Camp), as well as the complete renovation of commandants’ boys’ quarters.
CIS Adegoke also called for the posting policy of staff in the school which he said should be properly defined and implemented. Importantly, he went on, “the implementation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette on the payment of teaching allowances for facilitators in the training school cannot be over-emphasized and therefore very necessary and observed that the school’s dining hall
lacks enough tables and chairs and he appeals for the provision of more of the items”, added that “a cafeteria is one of the hallmarks of any school where students can interact and connect with one another freely while taking their meals”.
Adegoke disclosed that the institution which was established in 1979 as a para-military structure, it has now metamorphous into a complete school mandated to train cadet of superintendent cadre following the
introduction of new comprehensive curriculum pointing out that the 652 well trained officers were the first set of cadets graduated under the new curriculum. He then urged all the cadets to uphold and apply the requisite knowledge and good values they imbibed during their training.
The Commandant disclosed that his first priority when assumed office in February 2018, was the designing and production of an Action Plan which will serve as a bench mark of his job performance in line with the vision and mission of the Comptroller-General, Immigration Service
Adegoke also expressed delight with the CGIS Babandede whom he described as a very astute officer of the highest order, pointing out that the CGIS approved the reconstruction of the hostel ‘D’ collapsed
soak away and now effectively in use. He also approve the training of twenty officers/men within and outside the country, the armourer also in collaboration with some of the cadets, designed a website to
coordinate and streamline the activities of the Armoury which will be networked into the commandants and other high-ranking officers’ offices of the school.
R.S Adegoke then expressed gratitude to the government and people of Kano state for what he calls their warm hospitality and support. He also salutes the Emir of Kano specifically, His Royal Highness, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II (CON), the governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (OFR), chairman, A.A Rano Petroleum, Alhaji Auwalu Abdullahi Rano and the chairman Forte Oil Alhaji Ibrahim Muhammad Girawa for their continuous support and also all head of ministry and para-military agencies in the state for their “superb” demonstration of Esprit-de-corps whenever their support is required.