The New Assistant Comptroller General(ACG),Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in charge of Zone A, Oluremi Talabi wants the Visa-On-Arrival, VoA section of the Service at Murtala Mohammed International Airport strengthened.
She stated this during a courtesy visit to the Regional Manager South West Airports and Airport Manager, MMIA and familiarisation of the Command of NIS under her zone.
Talabi told the Regional Manager that, despite the seamless operations that the Service had been having at the airport, the NIS needs a space in the yet to be commissioned terminal for the Visa on Arrival section not only to strengthen it but also to make it more comfortable for those coming to invest in Nigeria ,who are investors.
The ACG said that everything is going on seamlessly but that the Service can only be comfortable as long as FAAN wants it to be.
She added that apart from the Ease of Doing Business, which strengthens the economy of Nigeria, the VoA section must be made easier for use by VoA passengers coming to invest in our country.
ACG Talabi also requested for a conducive and secluded space for the Holding Centre , where passengers with issues are given minimum comfort while they are being interrogated.
The ACG while appreciating the Regional Manager Mrs. Victoria Shinaba for her immense support given the MMIA Comptroller urged her to continue the existing cordial relationship to further improve the relationship.
“I appreciate the Regional Manager, your esteemed office .I also appreciate you for giving us an audience within 24 hours of informing you of our visit you received us .This further gives credence to what my comptroller has told me about the cordial relations between the two organisations.
Responding to the requests made by the ACG, the Regional Manager, who excused herself from the meeting she was holding to attend to the ACG and his team said that there will not be any issue as it concerns space for Visa on Arrival.
According to Shin -Aba , ”We have a very good relationship with all the Comptrollers that have been here . We have been working together like a team.
She added that to address the issue, what was done at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport(NAA) would be replicated in Lagos to accommodate NIS requests.Shin-Aba, however, told the visiting ACG that allocation has not been done.
On Holding Centre, the Regional Manager said that for now there is constraint in the terminal, adding it either the available space is partition or the Service wait for the new terminal to start to get a conducive place for NIS as Holding Centre.
Earlier, the ACG held a meeting with the Command at the Comptroller’s office after which he inspected some units under Lagos Airport Command.
They include: General duties, E Departure, ICT Unit and D Departure.
The ACG was guided on the visit by the Comptroller, Lagos Airport Command, Abdullahi Dalhatu, officers and men under his command.