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The Instinct Resource Services Limited has trained 200 officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service across the country on mental health awareness.
The Managing Director, IRS, Mr. Ayuba Fagbemi, who disclosed this in a statement at the end of the training in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said the event was part of efforts of the NIS Comptroller-General, Mr. Idris Jere, to enhance the productivity of officers and men of the service.
Fagbemi in the statement made available to our correspondent in Port Harcourt, on Monday, said the training was themed, ‘Building Mental Health Awareness, Emotional Intelligence and Effect of Psychoactive Substance for Superlative Productivity.’
Fagbemi lamented the neglect of mental health in the country, despite being an integral part of wellbeing.
Quoting statistics from the World Health Organisation, Fagbemi said, “Worldwide, 450 million people suffer a mental disorder and 25 per cent of the population would have mental illness at sometimes in their lives.”
He said research had also shown that emotional intelligence accounted for nearly 90 per cent of what set high performers apart from others and warned against the negative effects of psychoactive drugs
The statement reads, “The Nigerian Immigration Service and its current leadership under the Comptroller-General, Idris Isa Jere, is strategically positioned and has invested in equipping its personnel with the right skills and motivating the personnel towards ensuring superlative performance.
“To this end, we have trained 200 officers across Nigeria.”
He said the training equipped the officers with emotional intelligence skills in the workplace for teamwork building, how to identify symptoms of mental disorder, knowing the harmful effects of psychoactive drugs on body systems and understanding how to promote mental wellbeing in the workplace.
In his remarks, the State Comptroller of Immigration, AJ. Kwasau, said the training was initiated to enable officers know how to take care of their mental health and remain productive in discharging their daily activities
Quoting the National Bureau of Statistics, Kwasau, said an average of 50 million people suffered mental illnesses and attributed cases of suicide, murder, anger, depression and drug abuse to such conditions.
He said, “We all as officers and men of the Nigerian Immigration Service have been entrusted with the responsibility of guarding our great nation at every entry and exit point, communicating and handling people from all parts of the world.
“It is important to note that it takes a mentally sound and stable personnel to be able to carry out our statutory duties as the gatekeepers of the country.
“It is for this reason that the service has deemed it necessary to train officers on how to take care of their mental health and remain productive in their daily activities.”
Kwasau said the capacity-building programme would aid officers and men of the NIS to improve on their interpersonal relationship, level of self-awareness, self-motivation and emotional disposition.