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Outgoing immigration service boss urges northern women to join force


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The outgoing Passport Officer of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Fatima Ahmed Godowoli has called on women from the North to join military force, insisting that service to Nigeria through military was not meant for men alone.

Godowoli, who was one of the first woman from Northern part of the country to attain higher rank in the service, made the call during her retirement ceremony at the Kaduna Command, pointing out that majority of the women in the North detest joining the military or paramilitary forces.

She said having encountered challenges at the NIS when she joined the service 35 years ago, she was able to weather the storm through perseverance, dedication to duty and flair for the job.


Born June 1962 in Zaria, Kaduna State, she attended All Saints primary School Zaria and Girls Secondary School (GSS) Malunfachi in1974, from where she proceeded to the Ramat Polytechnic where she obtained her Ordinary National Diploma (OND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in Food Technology.

She did her post-graduate diploma in Maiduguri and obtained her master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Abuja and Ahmadu Bello University, respectively.

Godowoli, therefore, encouraged women from the North to ensure that getting the best education should be their top most priority, adding that with adequate education, no man can outsmart them in scheme of things.

Her words: “Being the first female Passport Officer was really a great challenge for me, but I weathered the storm and here am I today retiring but not tired. I will like to borrow a leaf from former military president General Ibrahim Babangida to say that I am stepping aside.

“Some of my colleagues did not witness their retirement but at 55, I thank God for serving this country for 35 years. I will like to see more women in uniform coming up as educated and learned people, especially in the North. This world is not for men alone.”

Speaking, a retired Chief Inspector of Immigration at the Kaduna Command, Samuel Sunday Elisha, advised serving immigration officers to be dutiful and hardworking, adding: “If you want to attain greater heights, you should be diligent, because if you rush, you will crash.”

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