Niger State Deputy Governor, Comrade Yakubu Garba, has given out the hand of the daughter of former Director General of Bago/Yakubu Campaign Organisation, Hon. Isah Sidi Rijau, in marriage.
The Deputy Governor was accompanied on the occasion by the Chief of Staff to Governor Umar Mohammed Bago and the Secretary to the State Government, Abubakar Usman Gawu, as well as other state government officials.
While handing out former Miss Masa'uda Sidi Rijau to the representative of the groom's family, Mohammed Bello, Comrade Yakubu Garba advised the new couple, Masa'uda and her husband, Mohammad Anas Garba, to build their home on Islamic foundation.
He added that they should be tolerant, respect one another, and not allow third parties into their marital affairs.
The wedding Niqqa was officiated by Sheikh Mohammad Nafiu Sauka-Kahuta and supported by Sheikh Mohammed Isah Dutsen-Kura and other Ulamas at his residence in the Sauka-Kahuta area of Minna.
The wedding was conducted upon the payment of N100,000 as dowry and confirmation of all medical test results of the couples as stipulated by law.
Special prayers were offered for the couple's happy matrimony and the leaders for Allah's guidance as they pilot the affairs of the state, as well as peaceful coexistence in the state and the country as a whole.
The Comptroller, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Niger State Command, Mr. Samuel Shima Nongo, has said that the service has been properly repositioned to handle migration management in line with international best practises.
He said this was demonstrated by being the first African country to key into the latest international reforms on travel documents and the service's recent emergence as a four-time winner of the best performing agency of government in ease of doing business as rated by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council.
The comptroller, who stated this at the Diamond Jubilee celebration of the service held at the Hall of Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre in Minna, explained that the Nigeria Immigration Service started its journey as a department extracted from the Nigeria Police in 1958.
According to him, it was later established as an agency of government by an act of parliament in 1963, adding that in 1992, it was given paramilitary status as a result of some structural reforms.
The service, he noted, has over the years continued to witness further reforms both structurally and operationally, stating that in the last decade, it has witnessed robust reforms in the legal framework, embraced information technology as the driver of its operations, and built the capacity of its personnel to enable them to contain the challenges associated with migration management.
The 60th Anniversary celebration, according to the state comptroller, was an occasion deliberately designed to commemorate the journey so far as well as mark the significant milestones achieved within this period.
He pointed out that Nigeria Immigration Service was the lead agency in migration management, stressing that it was important to note that migration management was the business of government at all levels as well as all citizens.
"Terrorism and kidnapping are crimes that are alien to us, but today they have permeated our societies because they are trans-border crimes.
"Government at all levels must invest in migration management to forestall or at least minimise trans-border crimes.
"The citizens too must change their orientation and stop harbouring irregular migrants because of the dangers it portends," he asserted.
Comptroller Samuel Nongo, while acknowledging the support of the Niger State Government at all times, appealed to the Governor to look into the state security architecture with a view to bringing all security agencies on board in tackling the menace of insecurity bedeviling the state.