Acting Comptroller General Caroline Wuraola Adepoju reveals plans to acquire aircraft and drones for border security, emphasizing their inclusion in the upcoming budget.
She also announces the 2024 deployment of e-gates at all access points to enhance facilitation and reduce stress, discussed during the “One Impression” Inter-Agency Retreat organized by MMIA Command.
Adepoju underscores Minister of Interior Dr. Olubunmi Tunji Ojo’s support for border security and expresses determination to restore NIS’s aerial capabilities.
She said, ” We are doing everything we can to ensure that NIS gets its aircraft back, we used to have aircraft for border surveillance, we are now putting this into our budget.
“We are going to buy aircraft, we will buy drones, we are going to buy helicopters to ensure that we effectively do aerial border management.”
The e-gate implementation, scheduled for early 2024, aims to streamline entry for Nigerians through biometric identity verification, minimizing the need for direct interaction with immigration officers.
She explained, “Very soon NIS will be deploying the e-gate to make it seamless for our nationals to come in, make it less stressful. In the early part of 2024 we will deploy the e-gate ensuring that our MIDAS will improve on them, ensuring our borders, air, land and sea are fortified.
“The electronic gate, for example our nationals may not need, except they are persons of interest, to be attended to by immigration officers. ”