Nigerian govt to deploy electronic border management to control illegal migration

Nigerian govt to deploy electronic border management to control illegal migration
June 22 00:17 2018 Print This Article

By Ahmed Idris

The federal government would would deploy electronic border management to control illegal migration through its borders and address insecurity, Minister of Interior, Mr. Abdurahman Dambazzau, said on Thursday.

Speaking at the opening of 2018 International Press Institute (IPI)’ World Congress in Abuja, the minister said the e-border would involve biometric processing of immigrants at point of entry and an establishment of multi-agency situation room.

He said the multi-agency situation room would allow him and any other interior minister to monitor events and occurrences in borders from his office.

He said the Ministry of Interior was also developing a migrant data to identify and fish out illegal immigrants, and assured that the e-border system would not negate the spirit of ECOWAS Protocol which is for regional integration.

The minister said the present administration had taken the issue of security seriously considering its importance to national and economic development.

Also speaking, Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, said the present administration had delivered on its promises to Nigeria in tackling insecurity, corruption and developing the economy.

He said the country was now producing four million metric tonnes of rice and would be self-sufficient in rice production in the next two years.

The minister also reiterated federal government’s commitment to press freedom.