Tuesday, 12 January 2021 01:30

Fed Govt allays fears over fire at NIS HQ

THE Federal Government on Monday said there was no cause for alarm over the fire that gutted a building at the headquarters of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) on Sunday.

Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola assured Nigerians at home and abroad that all the damages done to the building, the furniture and documents as well as the data destroyed would be fixed within seven days.

The minister, who admitted that some strategic records and data were lost to the fire, added that there was sufficient back-up to ensure that the operations of the service continued unhindered.

Aregbesola, who addressed reporters yesterday in Abuja on the incident, was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore.

He was accompanied by the Comptroller General of Immigration, Muhammad Babadende, and other senior officers.

Aregbesola said: “I will like to assure Nigerians at home and abroad that the unfortunate fire of yesterday (Sunday) would not hinder the activities of the Immigration Service, for those who want passports and visas.

“We are proud that the response to the fire was prompt, fast and well-coordinated. It is unfortunate, but it displayed the unity within the agencies under the Ministry of Interior.”

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