By Gom Mirian, Abuja
Controller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandele, has assured Nigerians that the newly approved visa on arrival policy, will not compromise the security of the country.
He said this at a meeting with senior officers drawn from the service headquarters, zones and Commands of the NIS in the 36 state of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory on the 2019 /2020 projects validation in Abuja.
Babandele said the “Visa on Arrival will not in any way give room to unwanted elements to find their way into the country or jeopardized the nation’s security.
“Visa is not free, payment is done online, Biometric capture is carried out at the point of issuance and due diligence is observed in a manner that will not compromise national security and in line with International best practices.
” Nigerian government approved the Nigeria Visa policy 2020 in collaboration with MDAs relating with Diplomacy, trade, investment, education, tourism, finance, manufacturing, security and intelligence, without doubt the new visa policy is the most comprehensive government policy that will ease Immigration related issues both for Nigerians and Non-Nigerians and to attract foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017-2020 for the administration” He said
Speaking on the aim of the meeting, the immigration boss said the collaboration with the EFCC and the ICPC had helped the service to witnessed a massive infrastructural development.
“The two agencies have helped in tracking defaulting and contract breaching contractors by inviting them and enforcing compliance with all the contract terms which has helped the NIS to witness massive infrastructural developments that is spread around the country and all geographical locations in a manner that is transparent and proportional in view of the needs and availability of facilities for executing such projects” Babadele said
While calling on the heads of zones and commands to ensure strict supervision of projects to ensure perfect and cost-effective execution, Babadele urged them to report defaulting contractors where and when necessary.