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NIS Will Install Biometrics Equipment At Border Posts

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) says it will install biometrics equipment across all the borders posts in the country, to check the influx of immigrants.

The NIS Acting Comptroller-General, Mr Rilwan Musa, made this know to newsmen in Lagos on Sunday after he visited the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

Musa said that the country’s borders were porous and needed to be fortified through the introduction of biometrics.

He said that some of the biometrics equipment would be placed at the airports, adding that it would give accurate data of individuals for the next 40 years because all information would be in the data bank.

The comptroller-general said that the immigration counters at the airports would be increased to accelerate passengers’ clearance.

He said that Immigration officers would be sent on observation trips outside the country to observe passengers clearing in other airports, saying that there would be changes as soon as that was done.

“We are trying to put biometrics equipment in place. The passengers are expected to be given speedy clearance on arrival after over eight hours flight.

“Our intention is to have these officers on observation trips so that by the time they come back, I believe they will improve on what they are doing,” he said.

On the difficulties associated with issuance of passport to Nigerians, he blamed it on desperate Nigerians who want to travel by all means without obtaining genuine travelling documents.

He, however, stressed that the organisation was working with embassies in the country to fish out criminals with fake documents.

The Managing Director of FAAN, Mr George Uriesi, assured the Immigration chief of the organisation’s support toward ensuring “seamless clearance of passengers”.

Uriesi said that FAAN and the NIS had been working tirelessly to provide a conducive travelling environment for passengers.

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Lawmaker Faults Governors On LG Autonomy

A Member of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Garba Datti, has advised state governors not to prevent local government Areas from becoming autonomous.

Datti (CPC-Kaduna) gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.

He said if local governments were autonomous, the funds allocated to the councils would no longer be diverted by some governors.

“Some of the state governors used local government funds to embark on personal projects.

“The activities of some governors necessitated the need for the House of Representatives to amend the constitution in such a way as to grant local government councils the autonomy they deserve,” he said.

Datti alleged that on some occasions, governors were in the habit of releasing money to the councils for personnel and overhead cost only while the remaining funds were used for political purposes.

“The joint account between the state and the local governments is a big joke as it has been bastardised by the state governors.

“If the joint account is meaningful to the local governments, majority of the governors will not be rejecting the proposed autonomy for local councils. There is something fishy,” he said.

Datti, however, advised state assemblies not to be rubber stamps in the hands of their governors.

He urged them to desist from taking directives that would not lead to the development of their councils.

He said that majority of the state assemblies lacked the political will to amend the constitution in such a way that would lead to the economic development of their states.

He said the assemblies only voted for those things that would serve the “whims and caprices” of their governors.

Datti advised the governors not to work against the amendment of the constitution that would grant local government autonomy by being clogs in the wheel of progress of the societies.

On the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), the legislator said he was not in support of the provision of fund for the host community in the bill.

He said that the 13 per cent derivation given to state governments should be given to the host communities.

“I am not totally against the host communities fund.

“But the experience we have had in the past with the 13 per cent derivation given to the state governments was not palatable.

“The fund should instead be given to the host communities,” he said.

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