FG to launch e-visa for economic growth & insecurity before end of year


The federal government has finalise plans to launch a new visa policy for economic growth and national security.

Comptroller general of Immigration Muhammad Babandede disclosed that the new electronic visa will be unveiled by the minister of interior Rauf Aregbesola before the end of the year.

The comptroller general made this known in an interview with journalist at the NIS award night and end of year dinner which was held at the service headquarters in Abuja on Saturday 7th December.

The awardees we’re said to have been drawn from all the commands of the NIS and we’re recognized basses on gallantry, bravery resourcefulness as well as expertise based on their duties.

The CH who also receives an award which was presented to him by the minister of interior, represented bothe permanent secretary Mrs. Georgina Ekeoma Ehuria.

The CG further disclosed that, “We have been operating with visas that did not target our economic growth, that does not look at our security situation, that is not very transparent.”

“I assure you, it (new e-visa) will be transparent, it will remove cash payment and ensure no security is compromised. It’s a balance between facilitation and transparency and protection of national security,” Babandede added.

He also stated, “We have dismissed many officers in 2019 for corruption and for absenteeism. We have reduced the ranks of many officers, some of them are still under investigations for taking money from applicants and ordinary Nigerians who want to get service which was supposed to be free.” noting that the awards is meant to encourage the officers to do more.

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