Former chieftains of immigration, DSS harp on integrity
As Nigerians grapple with the change mantra of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), a retired Deputy Comptroller-General of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Dr. Brasca Ifeadi and a retired Director, Department of State Service (DSS), Mike Ejiofor have emphasised the need for Nigerians to place higher premium on integrity, rather than corrupt enrichment in the service of the country.
Both of them spoke separately when officials of Anioma Youths Network for Development (AYND), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), recently paid them courtesy visits and presentation of award of excellence in their country homes In Delta State for serving Nigeria without blemish and having retired gracefully.
The former officials, gladdened by the recognition and honour accorded them by the NGO, noted that most Nigerians have erroneously perceived public service as synonymous with gluttonous accumulation of wealth, thereby playing down on integrity.
While Ifeadi contended that in present day Nigeria “excellence sometimes is not put in the right perspective,” Ejiofor wholesomely condemned the belief that money was everything and added that “people now worship and honour money not integrity.”
The former Deputy Comptroller General of Immigration who was pulled out last about five months ago after 34 yours of meritorious service assured that with the recognition given to him by the NGO, he would remain committed to the service of Nigeria and humanity in general any time he has opportunity to do so as he was overwhelmed by such unsolicited recognition.
On his part, Ejiofor regretted that in spite of the fact that he contributed (not financially) towards the emergence of the present administration in Delta State led by Dr. ifeanyi Okowa, the administration has not been forthcoming in tapping from the experience of professionals like him.