By Ndahi Marama
Maiduguri—The Nigeria Immigration Services, NIS, has adopted three control mechanisms on the influx of immigrants into the country for investments/businesses and tourism.
The control mechanisms are implemented at Nigeria’s embassies, sea and airports, including border posts with neighbouring countries of Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin.
Announcing the control mechanism yesterday, Borno State Comptroller of NIS, Mr. Musa Bello Jahun, said in an interactive session with journalists in Maiduguri yesterday that the immigrants had to meet laid down procedures of biometric details that could determine their nationalities for visas.
He said: “The first mechanism is control, in the country; where we have embassies and officers who are representing the President of Nigeria. The first control comes when people apply to come to Nigeria.
“Normally, no country will just open its sea, land and air borders for everyone to come in for investment, business and tourism.”
He said for an immigrant to be issued a visa, he or she had to apply and be invited for an interview.
He said it was when an immigrant was successful that he/she would be issued visa to come into the country.
“The NIS has determined the number of people (immigrants) that will come to Nigeria and that is the first mechanism of control,” said Jahun.
He noted that it was not automatic for immigration officers to allow entry of people into the country.
Jahun said the third control mechanism of influx of immigrants was their close monitoring by immigration officers in hotels and residences.