By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba â€” COMPTROLLER-GENERAL of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr. Chukwurah Udeh, has said the Service was in a hurry to meet up with the benchmark set by the Federal Government, especially with regards to roll out of e-passport in the countryâ€™s remaining foreign missions.
He stated this at the 2nd Comptroller-General of Immigration Annual Conference, on the theme, Nigeria Immigration Service and Modern Migration Management.
Challenging the partici-pants to deliberate on ways of achieving the set agenda which should benefit all Nigerians without compro-mising national security, he said, â€œpermit me at this juncture to set the toneÂ and agenda of the Service for the year 2010 in compliance with the benchmark set by the government.
â€œOne of the goals are biometric registration of non-Nigerians not covered by the Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card (CERPAC) scheme, review of Immigration Act which is already with the National Assembly for passage into law, introduction of Machine Readable Visa, Review of Nigeriaâ€™s Visa Policy, takeover of CERPAC administration, complete roll out of e-passport in the remaining Nigeriaâ€™s Missions abroad, construction of passport control plazas and the installation of electronic passenger registration system at our land boarders.â€
Udeh pointed out that â€œour commitment to the reform agenda of government that brought this administration into being in 2005 is sacrosanct and irrevocable.
â€œSuch commitment has led to various initiatives and achievements which include, amongst others, a paradigm shift from an analog-driven Service to full automation of NIS operations in tandem with international best practices in immigration managementâ€.