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E-passport: Immigration set to meet target

By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba — 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 country’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, “permit me at this juncture to set the tone  and agenda of the Service for the year 2010 in compliance with the benchmark set by the government.

“One 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 Nigeria’s Visa Policy, takeover of CERPAC administration, complete roll out of e-passport in the remaining Nigeria’s Missions abroad, construction of passport control plazas and the installation of electronic passenger registration system at our land boarders.”
Udeh pointed out that “our commitment to the reform agenda of government that brought this administration into being in 2005 is sacrosanct and irrevocable.

“Such 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 management”.


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