Company trains 200 immigration officers on mental health – The Sun Nigeria

By TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt

The Instinct Resource Services (IRS) Limited trained 200 Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) officers across the country on Mental Health Awareness.

The training, which concluded in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on the topic of mental health awareness, emotional intelligence and the effect of psychoactive substance for exceptional productivity, was part of the efforts of the Comptroller General of the NIS, Mr. Idris Isah Jere, to improve the productivity of the officers and men of the service.

IRS Director General, Mr. Ayuba Fagbemi, in a statement on Monday, lamented that despite being an integral part of well-being, mental health was being neglected in the country.

Citing statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), Fagbemi said that globally, 450 million people suffer from mental disorders and 25% of the population are thought to suffer from mental illnesses at some point in their lives. life.

He said research has also shown that emotional intelligence is almost 90% of what sets high achievers apart and warned of the negative effects of psychoactive drugs.

He said, “The Nigerian Immigration Service and its current leadership under the Comptroller General, Idris Isa Jere, is strategically positioned and has invested in equipping its staff with the right skills and motivating them to deliver outstanding performance.”

He said the training equipped officers with workplace emotional intelligence skills to enhance teamwork; how to identify symptoms of mental disorders; know the harmful effects of psychoactive drugs on bodily systems and understand how to promote mental well-being in the workplace.

In his remarks, State Immigration Comptroller (CIS), AJ. Kwasau, said the training was initiated to ensure officers know how to take care of their mental health and stay productive in carrying out their daily activities.

Citing the National Bureau of Statistics, Kwasau said an average of 50 million people suffered from mental illnesses and attributed cases of suicide, murder, anger, depression and drug addiction to such conditions.

He said: “We all have a responsibility as officers and men of the Nigerian Immigration Service to protect our great nation at all points of entry and exit, to communicate and manage people of all regions of the world.

“It is important to note that mentally sound and stable personnel are required to be able to carry out our statutory duties as guardians of the country. It is for this reason that the service has found it necessary to train officers on how to take care of their mental health and stay productive in their daily activities.

He said the capacity building program would help NIS officers and men improve their interpersonal relationships, level of self-awareness, personal motivation and emotional disposition.

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