By Lawani Mikairu
LAGOS—The Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, has increased its visa issuing centres to two from one.
The NIS also increased the immigration counters at the Lagos airport from three to eight.
This improvement, according to the service, is to enable it comply with the Executive Order on the ease of doing business in Nigeria.
Investigations by Vanguard revealed thatImmigration Head office in Abuja directed Lagos Airport command to increase the counters to two to facilitate foreigners’ movement into the country and abolish the usual man-hour loss due to immigration processes.
Visas are now issued to foreigners on arrival at both E and D wings of the airport from its initial D wing, while no fewer than 20,000 visas have been issued at the airport since the policy came on stream in June. This has reduced the number of foreigners going to the home offices of Nigeria abroad, as many of them now prefer to get their visas on arrival at the command.
These innovations by Lagos Airport command of Immigration is said to be the fallout of the Comptroller General of Immigration, Mr. Muhammad Babandede’s recent unscheduled visit to the airport command to observe the implementation of the ease of doing business by the command and his order to them to improve on their relationship with travellers at the command.