Nigeria has become the first African nation to launch Biometric visas. These have been planned for effective obstruction of undesired individuals into the nation. The launching of Biometric visas was announced by Mr. Abubakar Magaji the Ministry of Interior’s Permanent Secretary. It was at the Award Night and End-of-Year Dinner for 2017 of the Immigration Services of Nigeria at Abuja.
Mr. Abubakar Magaji the Lieutenant-General Chief of Army Staff was the representative for Abdulrahman Dambazau the Interior Minister for the occasion. He said that NIS has made the nation proud through the launch of biometric visas. Nigeria has become the first African nation to do this. It will obstruct the arrival of many undesired individuals to the nation, added Chief of Army Staff.
The continued support of the Ministry has been assured by Magaji. He also urged the NIS to increase its efforts to achieve more, as quoted by the Vanguard NGR. Edith Onyemenam the event planning committee Chairperson further elaborated on the other achievements of the NIS. She said that the first national agency to carry out the execution of the Executive Orders of the President was the NIS.
The first agency to receive the Impact Award of the President is also the NIS said Comptroller of Immigration Onyemenam. This was in recognition of the contribution of the agency in enhancing ease of conducting business in the nation.
Mrs. Onyemenam said that the online prior approval of Visa on Arrival was launched by the NIS. This contributed to the enhancement of ease of doing business in Nigeria. It improved the ranking of the nation to 145th position from 169th in the World Bank rankings. She also added that 2017 has been a great year for the NIS.
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