“Nigerian Government Partners with IOM to Enhance Border Security”

By Milcah Tanimu

The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has underscored the importance of strengthening collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to bolster border security.

During a courtesy visit by the Chief of Mission, IOM Nigeria, Laurent De Boeck, in Abuja, the Minister emphasized the necessity of partnership, noting that there is still much ground to cover in securing Nigeria’s borders.

“We collectively have more grounds to cover and we will cover more grounds,” Tunji-Ojo stated.

He commended the IOM for its partnership with the Nigeria Immigration Service, particularly in implementing the Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS), which has significantly improved access to information and data.

Tunji-Ojo stressed the importance of integrating the MIDAS solution with Interpol 24/7, highlighting its significance in enhancing national security architecture and border security.

Regarding the installation of E-gates at Nigerian airports, the Minister reiterated that these gates are exclusively for Nigerian passengers and are aimed at facilitating seamless travel while enhancing national security.

“Our officers, no matter how well trained they are, do not have detectors in their eyes; they can only work with the data and information available to them,” he added.

Tunji-Ojo also mentioned the government’s interest in simplifying the visa application process for legitimate visitors to Nigeria.

Earlier, Laurent De Boeck provided an update on the progress of projects with the Nigeria Immigration Service, reaffirming IOM’s commitment to supporting the Ministry of Interior in its efforts to enhance border security.


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