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FG projects assessment committee visits Nigeria Immigration Service

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FG projects assessment committee visits Nigeria Immigration Service
CGI Muhammad Babandede, MFR (m) with Ukaigwu Lilian and Rajeem Aremu - representatives of the FG projects Independent Assessment Committee during the committee's visit to the NIS headquarters in Abuja ...Monday

The federal government independent assessment committee on Monday, visited the headquarters of the Nigeria Immigration Service in Abuja to access the performance of the service.

A statement by the service public relations officer (PRO), DCI Sunday James, and made available to THE WITNESS, said the visit which is an initiative of the office of the Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF),  is part of preparations for the ministerial performance retreat.

The statement added that 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 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 comptroller-general of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, MFR, while addressing the committee, emphasized the importance of the forensic tool and the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS). He said if the APIS is adequately deployed, the tool will help in reducing reported cases of lost and stolen documents, forgery and cases related to identity theft as it will aid the tracking of reported cases before re-issue or replacement.

“While the Advance Passenger Information System (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 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,” the CGI noted.

The independent assessment includes verification by visual observation of some of the performances of MDAs. The aim of the exercise is to obtain evidence on what ministries have accomplished or is in progress.

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