Lagos Airport Immigration To Train, Re-Train Personnel


…Issues 2,194 Visa On Arrival

…To Establish Servicom, Anti- Corruption Desks

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA),Lagos has said that as part of efforts to ensure that the Command carry out its duties effectively and efficiently, it would train and re-train personnel under the Command..

This is just as an online news platform gathered that the agency issued a total of 2,194 Visa On Arrival (VOA) in the month of July.

Visa on Arrival is targeted at investors.

A source in NIS told Abelnews that to move the Command to the next level, the new helmsman, Comptroller Abdullahi Usman has decided to embark on training and re-training of the personnel in the Command and that to achieve this goal, it has established a training room at the E- Arrival of the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport(MMA), Lagos, that can accommodate between 20 to 22 NIS personnel at a go.

The source added that the Comptroller General of NIS, Muhammed Babandede has directed that the Command should establish a Servicom and Anti-Corruption Desks at the Airport.

The source stated that all these are monitoring measures to ensure the Ease of Doing Business policy of the Federal Government.

“To actualise this mission, the Command will embark on training and re- training and will also establish Servicom Desk and Anti Corruption desks.”

On the procedure for overstaying in the country, the source said, “the agency administers but do not control. Our Visa policy is very liberal. If you come to Nigeria for business you are given 30 days to carry out the business that brought you into the country but if after the 30 days you need an extension you are free to apply.”

The source told Abelnew that NIS does not delay applicants when they apply for Visa, as been alleged in some quarters.

He explained that some of the applicants, who applied and fill their online forms at Cyber Café and either provide emails of that Cyber Café or provide e-mail they seldom use and that when the response from  NIS is provided, it goes straight into the email of the Cyber Café they use or the emails they rarely operate.

In his words, “Some of these applicants provide emails they don’t use regularly.”

Speaking further, the source said that because of these challenges, a 24 hours centre has been created in Abuja with a special number applicants can call and would be responded to there and then.

“We have given applicants keys to check on our website to authenticate their status as it concerns their Visas.”

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