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At Abuja International Airport, FG tests the E-gate

Apr 22, 2024 | International | 0 comments

The Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, conducted a test run of the electronic gates (e-gates) installed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Friday. Tunji-Ojo stated that the job is 99 percent complete, announcing that the e-gates would be deployed for operations by next week.

Accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Aishetu Ndayako, and the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Kemi Nanna Nandap, among other top government officials, Tunji-Ojo said the e-gates were being deployed to eliminate human interfaces, reduce bureaucracy, and make the movement of passengers in and out of the country seamless.

He mentioned that 29 e-gates would be deployed in Lagos, four in Enugu and Kano, while Port-Harcourt would have five. Tunji-Ojo disclosed that the Airport infrastructure and Command and Control Centres have been tested, with fake and expired passports rejected while genuine ones were cleared.

Tunji-Ojo stated, “With this massive infrastructure, we believe that no unwanted persons or persons of interest can find their way into Nigeria. Our security through the Airports and in the Airport domains are guaranteed.”

He emphasized that the development is a testimony to President Buhari’s Renewed Hope Agenda, which aims to change the narrative and make passengers’ movements in and out of the country seamless.

Tunji-Ojo commended the Minister of Aviation, Hon. Festus Keyamo (SAN), and other critical stakeholders who have made this transformation possible. He highlighted the synergy with the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigeria Customs Service, and other stakeholders.

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