Nigeria: The Ministry of Interior Leverages Technology to Improve Border Protection

By : Hikmatu Bilali

Date : jeudi, 24 août 2023 18:22

In a context of cross-border criminality encompassing terrorism and more, the Nigerian authorities wish to better control entry and exit from the country. ICT emerges as a potential solution to this concern.

Minister of Interior Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo (picture), on August 22, introduced a plan to deploy advanced technology for securing Nigeria's borders.

The plan, revealed during a news conference, aims to leverage technology to fortify land, air, and sea borders, helping address escalating threats. "We must protect all borders - land, air, sea," said Hon. Tunji-Ojo, stressing technology's role as a complement to current security efforts.

The initiative aligns with President Bola Tinubu's reform call, aiming to instill hope via the Interior Ministry's efforts.

To complement this move, the ministry would also focus on optimizing the visa and passport system, minimizing delays, and enhancing transparency. The minister also pledged respectful treatment at passport offices, with foreign entry based on merit.

The move underscores the government's commitment to a safer, more secure Nigeria through technology and strategic reforms.

Hikmatu Bilali


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