Immigration boss, Brasca Ifeadi, pulled out in grand style
History was made recently at the Nigeria Immigration Service Command Headquarters, Asaba, Delta State, as well-meaning Nigerians gathered in honour of a quintessential statesman, erudite scholar and finese Immigration officer, Dr. Emmanuel Brasca Udo Ifeadi, who was glamorously pulled out of active national service as a Deputy Comptroller General of Immigration Service (NIS), having excellently served the nation for 34 years.
The historic Pull Out Ceremony for the Immigration boss at the NIS Command Headquarters was the first of a three-phased programme; the other two being a Thanksgiving Service and Reception Programme at St Peters Anglican Cathedral, Asaba, Delta State, to honour the contributions of this extremely intelligent and gallant senior personnel of the Service, whose hard work and total commitment to duty positively propelled the Nigeria Immigration Service to a new height of professionalism and efficiency in its daily operations. This ceremony is particularly unique in all ramifications, as it most importantly brought to an end, the embarrassingly long interregnum of Pull Out Ceremonies in the Nigeria Immigration Service.
Present to grace the august occasion were the Executive Governor of Delta State Senator Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa who was ably represented by the Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Utah Patrick and the Chief of Staff of the Governor Mr. Brisibe Erutor; Professor Bolaji Akinyemi CFR, the former Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs and former Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, who was the Chairman of the occasion; Rt. Rev. Justus Mogekwu, the Bishop of Asaba Diocese; Ezinne (Mrs) Ngozi Odega, a retired Director at the Budget Office of the Federation (BOF); three retired Comptrollers General of Immigration Service, Messrs. Chukwurah Joseph Udeh, David Shikfu Parradang and Martins Kure Abeshi; the Royal Majesty of Ubulu Okiti kingdom, Obi Isichei (II); Captains of Industry, a host of distinguished personalities including friends, well wishers and myriad of officers of various ranks and pedigree within the NIS.
The event started at about 10:00am with prayers and a rendition of the National Anthem. Thereafter, the celebrant, Dr. Emmannuel Brasca Udo Ifeadi who was pleasingly dressed in ceremonial attire, reviewed an elegantly formed parade of 69 Officers and Men of the Service including the Colour Party. There was extreme excitement at the venue as the well formed up parade immediately thrilled the elated on-looking audience to a masterpiece drill that ultimately showcased the uniformity and discipline amongst the ranks and file of the Nigeria Immigration Service.
In his farewell speech, the Comptroller General of Immigration Service, Mr. Muhammad Babandede MFR, sincerely congratulated Dr. Ifeadi, his family, friends and well-wishers for a glorious career and meritorious service to our fatherland for over three decades. He recalled that Sir Dr. Ifeadi, who joined the service on Thursday August 5, 1982, rose through the ranks by hard work, diligence and dedication to duty, rising to the post of a Deputy Comptroller General in charge of Finance and Accounts Directorate upon appointment by Mr. President; a post which he ably held until retirement.
The CGIS further celebrated Ifeadi’s ability to effectively combine the conscientious discharge of his official duties with rigorous academic pursuit at the highest level, whilst traversing many States of the federation in the course of national service. The CGIS who was represented by Mr. John Saro Uebari, an Assistant Comptroller General, concluded his speech by wishing the celebrant success in his future endeavours.
He did not, however, fail to narrate to the audience how the celebrant masterly delivered many papers and lectures on behalf of the NIS at different occasions including those at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru Jos and the Command and Staff College, Jaji Kaduna for senior military officers on various occasions; even as he mentored many officers who had shown interest in the practice of Martial Arts (Shotokan karate) across different formations of NIS, himself being a 5th Dan black belt holder.
Delivering his valedictory speech, Sir Brasca Ifeadi (DCG Rtd) expressed his sincere gratitude to God for such a solemn moment in his beautiful life and career, with the deepest sense of fulfilment. He also profusely thanked the Hon. Minister of Interior Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (Rtd) and the Comptroller General of Immigration Service, Mr. Muhammad Babandede, for graciously giving approval for the Pull Out Ceremony. Similarly, he expressed his gratitude to the Executive Governor of Delta State, His Excellency Senator Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa for sending his representatives to grace the occasion.
He chronicled his journey through life as a distinguished Service personnel and enumerated several momentous experiences of his career to include: the privilege to have served as Special Assistant to Mr. C.J Udeh OFR, (CGIS Rtd) from 2005-2006 and his active involvement in the committee that reviewed and rewrote the Immigration Act, 1963, between 2005-2006. He further recalled how he played a pivotal role in the drafting of the Codified Operational Guideline for the Immigration Service between 2008-2009; and his selection to head a Special Ministerial Joint Task Force of Immigration and Customs officers by General John Shagaya (Rtd), which was mandated to rid Seme Border of street urchins and touts popularly called kelebe in 1987.
Dr. Ifeadi was particularly excited to mention his uncompromising quest for personal development that led to his ability to secure requisite permission from the Service to further his studies which ultimately made him to obtain a Masters Degree in Political Science; a Master of Philosophy Degree in International Relations and two Doctorate Degrees in Strategic Studies and International Relations respectively.
He concluded his farewell speech by counseling his precious colleagues, officers and men of the Nigeria Immigration Service, to “uphold the tenets of strict functional discipline, commitment and total dedication to duty.” He further admonished his colleagues about the need to realise that positive legacies are all about life and living. He posited that “it is about learning constructively from the past, living diligently in the present and building strapping functional structures for the future.” He further noted that legacy is fundamental to what it is to be Human; because modern researches have proved that without a collective sense of working together to create a legacy, human beings lose meaning in their lives.
He, therefore, urged all serving Immigration officers and men to co-operate with the incumbent CGIS and assiduously strive to build on the legacies of the founding fathers of the Service so as to regenerate and restore its lost glory and thus, bequeath a better Service that future generations would be exceedingly proud of.
At the concluding segment of events at the Pull Out ceremony, emotions were very high as colleagues, friends and loved ones including the representatives of the Executive Governor of Delta State and other special dignitaries, poured encomiums on this distinguished retiring officer, who was later pulled out in a well decorated Nigeria Immigration Service vehicle.
The Pull out Ceremony gave way for a Thanksgiving Service at St Peter’s Anglican Cathedral, Asaba where the Anglican Bishop of Asaba Diocese, Rt. Rev. Justus Mogekwu x-rayed the glorious life of Sir Ifeadi, who grew under his tutelage right from their secondary school days and up till now, even after the demise of the celebrant’s father. The revered Bishop admonished everyone present at the Church service to emulate the sterling qualities of the celebrant and pursue excellence and diligence in all spheres of their endeavour.
During his testimonial, the celebrant narrated his journey through life and appreciated God for keeping him safe all through his long period of national service. He joyfully related how God Almighty severally saved his life and guided him through an infamous Boko Haram brutal attack on a very crucial Immigration formation in Kano and several other Police Strategic Units and telecommunication structures in 2012 when he was the Kano State Comptroller of Immigration Service.
He, however, outlined measures himself and all other security chiefs in Kano State at that time put in place to forestall further attacks and arrest future similar developments. The thanksgiving service, which was well attended, was laced and garnished with a special choir ministration by St. Peters choir.
At the grand reception, which concluded the three-phased activities in honour of the retired immigration boss, 10 special dignitaries who positively pivoted the celebrant’s developmental process in life were honoured. Those specially honoured, although some posthumously, include: Professor Bolaji Akinyemi; Ezinne (Mrs) Ngozi Odega; Mr. Chukwurah Joseph Udeh OFR (CGIS Rtd); Late Very Rev. Alexander Okolie and Late Ezinne (Mrs) Comfort N. Ifeadi; Late Rev. Canon Wilfred Okeleke and Late Mrs Martha H. Umejei; Late Mr. Paul Anene and Late Mrs. Josephine Mozia; Prof. Musa Abutudu; Late Prof. O.J. Offiong; Prof. Thomas Akhigbe Imobighe; and Prof. Agatha Eguaveon.
Distinguished guests were entertained with lots of food and drinks, hilarious comedies by renowned comedians, goodwill messages and cutting of cake by the celebrant and his wife Lady Phoebean Nkechi Ifeadi, to mark his 6oth birthday anniversary. The occasion came to a climax after a perfectly executed Karate demonstration by members of Shotokan Karate-Do club of Nigeria Immigration Service Headquarters, Abuja, which is also the celebrant’s Karate team and superb choir ministration by a wonderful collection of choristers headed by Mr. Obiorah Isichie from St. Peter’s Catheral, Anglican Communion, Asaba.