Immigration: Interior Minister Inspects Installation of E-verifications Facilities in Abuja

Hails Nigeria Immigration Services over progress of work

The Minister of Interior, Hon. Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, on Monday 19th February 2024, led a delegation from the Ministry to inspect the ongoing installation of E-verification facilities in Abuja.

The first port of call for the minister and his team was the E-Gates facility being installed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, followed by the E-border data and Control Centre at the Nigeria Immigration Service headquarters.

Upon complete installation across all the five International Airports in the country, the E-gates will reduce human contact and give Nigerians seamless entrance into the country while the E-border system will enhance national security.

These state-of-the-art E-verification gates are a major component of the E-Immigration project, aimed at modernizing and optimising immigration processes across Nigeria’s airports.

Already, four out of the planned 10 gates have already been installed at the Abuja airport. It is expected that the remaining six gates will be operational before the end of the month.

Expressing satisfaction with the progress made thus far, Dr. Tunji-Ojo emphasized the crucial role of these E-verification gates in reducing waiting times for arriving passengers.

“With an impressive clearance time of just 30 seconds per individual, the gates are set to establish a new standard for efficiency in airport processing, comparable to global benchmarks,” the Minister said.

He further stressed the transformative impact of this investment, noting that it will significantly enhance national security by providing an additional layer of scrutiny for inbound travelers.

“Through advanced biometric scanning and automated flagging systems, the gates will swiftly identify individuals of interest or those on watchlists, bolstering the efforts of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to safeguard the nation’s borders,” he said.

During the inspection, Dr. Tunji-Ojo also assessed the progress of construction and installation work at the Command-and-Control Centre and border control data center, both housed within the NIS headquarters.

He commended the NIS for exceeding 70 per cent completion on these critical infrastructure projects, affirming the agency’s commitment to adopting cutting-edge technology for operational efficiency and security enhancement.

The project aims to deliver a total of 40 E-verification gates across multiple airports by the end of the first quarter. These installations will include 10 gates in Abuja, 17 in Lagos, five in Kano, and four each in Enugu and Port-Harcourt.

Accompanying Dr. Tunji-Ojo on the inspection were top officials from the Ministry, including Permanent Secretary Dr. Aishetu Gogo Ndayako, Director of Joint Services Dr. Peter Egbodo, and Director of Press and Public Relations Mr. Ozoya Imohimi.

“Nigerians will soon be able to sleep with their two eyes closed, knowing fully well that their borders are well protected, and the Nigerian state is secured,” Dr. Tunji-Ojo assured.

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