The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is planning to install biometrics technology at border points of entry to keep track of the increasing number of immigrants, reports the news site Leadership.
Rilwan Musa, the NIS acting comptroller-general announced this development this week, saying that biometrics would help tighten up the border areas. The equipment will also be installed at airports.
The NIS is currently looking at how other countries manage a biometrics immigration system before implementing it in Nigeria. The agency anticipates that it will have to increase the number of immigration counters at airports in order to speed up the clearance process.
Passport issuance has traditionally been a problem in Nigeria due to a lot of faked travel documents, says the NIS. The agency is working to reduce the number of these incidences.
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