The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), in partnership with the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has agreed to utilise the Advance Passenger Information system (API), as a single-window border policy to facilitate the clearance of passengers at the International airports.
The API is a major tool for getting information about a passenger before arrival into the country for effective border control and management.
The Comptroller General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede and the Director-General of NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, Thursday, announced that the system is expected to remove unnecessary bureaucracy and bottlenecks associated with multiple clearances by several agencies for passengers and to enable the agencies to track passengers mobility.
A statement signed by the public relations officer of the NIS, Sunday James in Abuja says that this is also in line with international best practice and the United Nations (UN), resolution 2396 supported by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which encourages governments to deploy the API for standard collection and gathering of data of International travellers.
According to the duo, “a single-window border operation will facilitate ease and seamless passenger clearance without compromising national security at the International airports through the deployment of the advance technology, API, combined with the Migration Information Data Analysis System (MIDAS) operated by the NIS at the airport for collection of information and control of entry, which is the best international practices globally.”