To enhance passenger facilitation across airports in the country, Nigerian aviation agency, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority(NCAA), is strategizing with Nigeria Immigration Service to eliminate multiple checks at various airports in the nation.
The two agencies formed a partnership to reduce multiple checks of passengers by various government agencies at the nation’s airports especially the international aerodromes.
According to independent.ng, with the elimination of the multiple checks, the two agencies proposed Single Window Border Operation, stressing that once the proposal is approved by the government; it would remove undue bureaucracy and bottlenecks associated with multiple clearances by several agencies for passengers.
A statement by Mr. Sunday James, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of immigration stated that Muhammad Babandede, Comptroller-General, NIS and Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director-General, NCAA canvassed this position yesterday in Abuja.
The statement hinted that the duo believed that the partnership would ensure that all agencies of government at the airport work together under a single platform.
The statement added that this would also facilitate ease and seamless passenger clearance without compromising national security at the airports by the deployment of this advance technology combined with the Migration Information Data Analysis System (MIDAS) operated by the NIS at the airport for collection of information and control of entry.
The statement added: “This brought to fore the need for actualising the operation of the Advance Passenger Information System(API) at the nation’s international airports to track passengers’ mobility, a major tool for getting information about a passenger before arrival into the country for effective border control and management in line with the United Nation(UN) Résolution 2396, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) also supports agencies of government at the airport and government deploying the API for standard collection and gathering of data of International travellers.