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FG projects committee inspects facilities at Immigration hqtrs in Abuja

NEWSMAN, Abuja – The Federal Government’s Independent Assessment Committee has visited the headquarters of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to access the performance of the service.

NIS spokesperson, Sunday James in Abuja in a statement on Tuesday said the visit is an initiative of the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and is part of preparations for a ministerial performance retreat.

The team which had Rajeem Aremu and Ukaigwu Lilian as members, was taken round the headquarters of the service for visual assessment of the various tools deployed for monitoring and control of human mobility into Nigeria.

“The following facilities were assessed: NIS Command and Control Centre, INTERPOL i-24/7 facility, MIDAS automation for passenger clearance at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Automated Visa on Arrival (VoA), Temporary Work Permit (TWP) facilities and Implementation tools for Border Management Strategy 2019 – 2023,” the statement read.

The Comptroller-General, NIS, Muhammad Babandede, while addressing the committee, emphasized the importance of the forensic tool and the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS).

Babandede said that the adequate deployment of APIS would help in reducing reported cases of lost and stolen documents, forgery and cases related to identity theft and also would aid the tracking of reported cases before re-issue or replacement.

“While the APIS provides information to the receiving country before the embarkation of passenger from the country of origin or transit, i-24/7 helps in tracking lost and stolen document STLD.

“The forensic tool is used to query real-time passport and visa issuance with the aim of ascertaining the officer that issued the station and the documents supplied for the process and whether it was approved or rejected.

“Migration Information Data Analysis System (MIDAS) deployed to airports also serves the purpose of data collection by capturing the fingerprints and facial of the passengers being cleared.

“The Command and Control Centre at the NIS Headquarters provides real-time on-the-spot view of control posts connected to it.

“This means, all activities of officers at control posts can be viewed real-time from the Service Headquarters when connected,” he added.

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