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Nigeria Immigration Invests in Technology to Control Borders



Mr. Martins Abeshi, the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service has disclosed that the service would invest on modern technology in order to strengthen control on the Nigeria borders which have become porous.

Speaking to a delegation of International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on a courtesy visit to him in Abuja on Friday, Mr. Martins said that Nigerian land borders have no strong control. While decrying the lack of control on the borders, he revealed that the service was planning on imbibing the model of border management used in Mexico.

He emphasized on the need to install cameras and sophisticated surveillance systems in Nigeria large stretch of borders and have the police man the control units of the systems as it is the case in developed countries.

He singled out poor land border control and management as one of the challenges facing the Nigeria Immigration Service and called on the IOM and other international stakeholders to provide support to NIS in the use of modern border control technology and equipment. He appealed to NIS to partner with NIS in the utilisation of modern technology in the nations border.

According to Abeshi, poor border control is to be blamed for terrorism in Nigeria. He highlighted the need for the inclusion of border control problem in the plans to end terrorism in the nation.

The NIS boss also revealed that NIS has plans to imp security in the airports and seaports of Nigeria. Abeshi expressed the readiness and wiliness of the service to collaborate with both local and foreign relevant stakeholders in its effort to employ the best internationally accepted practices with regard to border surveillance.

The IOM delegation was led by Mrs Enira Krdalic, IOM’s Chief of Mission. Mrs. Enira expressed the readiness of the organisation to help Nigeria to provide efficient border patrol management as well as data for migrants in Nigeria.