The Nigerian Immigration Service says it will soon introduce various categories fo visas for the country as part of its visa reform. Comptroller General of Immigration (CGI) Mohammad Babandede disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Babandede says the visa categories to be considered will be visa for tourists, visas for retirees outside the country who wish to retire in Nigeria and the visa for the incentive investors.
He said that the present borders’ closure has helped Nigeria to curtail not just the people who enter, but also Nigerians who take the bush paths to travel without passports. He disclosed that a month ago, the NIS records showed that not fewer than 11,000 persons have been prevented from travelling out through illegal means.
The CGI added that the service also deported persons who were not supposed to be in the country. Similarly, Kayode Eniolorunda, the Comptroller, NIS, Edo command, said that the CGI conference was the most important event in the calendar of the service. Mr Eniolorunda said that this was because far reaching decisions and reform strategies were usually conceived and adopted during the conference.
He said that the state command’s hosting of the 2019 conference was in view of the theme which has to do with migration management and the role of NIS. He noted that irregular migration like human trafficking and smuggling in persons thrive and was very rampant in the state. He, however, said that e-registration would commence in the state before the end of the year as equipment and facilities needed were already on the ground. (NAN)
Source: News Express NG