Stella Enenche, Abuja
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Tuesday, said the effective utilisation of forensic tools and the Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS), have the potential to reduce reported cases of lost and stolen documents, forgery and cases associated with identified theft.
Comptroller General of Immigration (CGI), Muhammad Babandede, made the disclosure when a two-man independent assessment team ( Rajeem Aremu and Ukaigwu Lilian), visited him at the service’s headquarters in Abuja.
Babandede, in a statement by the service spokesman, Sunday James, noted that the APIS, provides information to the receiving country before the embarkment of passengers from the country of origin or transit, while i-24/7 helps in tracking lost and stolen documents.
He said the forensic tool is used to query real-time passport and visa issuance with the aim of ascertaining the officer at the issuing station and the documents supplied for the process and
whether approved or rejected.
The immigration boss said migration information data analysis deployed in airports also serves the purpose of data collection by capturing the finger prints and facial of the passenger being cleared.
Babandede said the Command and Control Centre at the service headquarters provides real-time on-the-spot view of control posts connected to it.
The statement reads in part , “As part of the preparation for the ministerial performance retreat, independent assessment of ministerial performance is being initiated by the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Cabinet office.
“The independent assessment includes verification by visual observation of some of the performance of the ministries, agencies and departments.
“The aim of the exercise is to obtain evidence on what ministries have accomplished or are in progress.
“The team which had Mr. Rajeem Aremu and Ukaigwu Lilian visited the NIS headquarters, Abuja and were taken round 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 facilities and Airport Passengers Clearance; and Automation of Visa on Arrival and Temporary Work Permit”.
The team assessed NIS Command and Control Centre, INTERPOL i-24/7 facility, MIDAS facilities and Airport Passengers Clearance, as well as Automation of Visa on Arrival and Temporary Work Permit.
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