President Abdul Hamid yesterday asked Border Guard Bangladesh to intensify vigilance against cross-border smuggling, staying away from greed and allurement.
"You have to develop strict principles in your character... perform duties bestowed upon you properly, staying away from any kind of greed," he said addressing the passing-out parade of the 94th recruit batch of the paramilitary forces as they wrapped up their 24-week training in Chattogram.
The president simultaneously asked BGB recruits to shape their career with human qualities and work as per the need of the country and nation to contribute to the welfare activities in days to come.
The head of the state recalled that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman himself attended the border guards' third passing-out parade on December 5, 1974, when he "directed you to work against cross-border trafficking and smuggling".
"We must remember that smugglers have no caste, no religion... They siphon off the country's wealth abroad for a little money," Hamid quoted Bangabandhu as saying.
The president advised BGB freshers to work relentlessly with honesty, integrity and showing utmost professionalism to enhance their reputation as watchdogs of the frontier.
A total of 544 -- including 49 female recruits -- imparted the training in the 94th batch, that began on September 15.
Hamid later distributed awards among best probationary BGB personnel, cut a cake and joined a photo session.