Biometric Cards to replace ECOWAS travelling certificates – Immigration


Photo: CGIS Mohammed Babandede

The Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service ( CGIS), Mohammed Babandede, says that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) travelling certificates will soon be replaced with biometric cards.

The newly appointed spokesman of the Service (NIS), Assistant Comptroller(AC) Amos Okpu, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

According to Okpu, an individual’s data will be linked with the new biometric card, a feature that the ECOWAS travelling certificate does not possess.

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“The new biometric card with contain all information about the user,’’ he said.

Okpu quoted the CGIS as saying that the biometric-card evolution remained cardinal to Nigeria’s security architecture and economic development.

He also said that the service would involve traditional institutions to garner more information on migration management.

“For instance, no foreigner must sojourn in the country beyond 90 days without officially registering with the NIS.

“NIS will involve traditional institutions and other relevant groups and systems to garner first-hand information that will help the service in security management,’’ he said.(NAN)

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