Immigration service to address challenges

Vin Oliji, Abuja

In an interview with Voice of Nigeria, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr. King Ekpedeme says that the agency is doing its best to address the challenges confronting it, even though it had improved on many aspects of its operations.

’What we have decided is that we must not fail despite the challenges we have at hand,” he said in his office in Abuja,.

He spoke of the recent Comptroller General’s Annual Conference and Stakeholders Interactive Forum, where funding was discussed as a major issue.

Apart from funding, the need for improved provision of border patrol equipment and other logistic requirements, were part of the priority agenda reached at the conference.

It was, however, observed that the Nigeria Immigration Service would not be able to attain the required international standard without  proper restructuring of the country’s borders through the National Boundary Commission.

It was also discovered that the service was still lagging behind in effectively controlling the borders as a result of inability of the service to procure relevant technology, such as automated border control systems as well as the construction of buffer zones.

Mr. Ekpedeme  stated that the conference offered an opportunity for the service to share experience with its foreign counterparts on the global best practice in modern migration management.