We have not abandoned proposed e-border project – NIS

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, said the proposed e-border project meant for effective policing of the nation’s borders had not been abandoned.

The e-border project entails the use of surveillance cameras and other security equipment to monitor and track movement of people in and out of the country.

Babandede said in Abuja on Tuesday that the service was exploring a “holistic approach” to the challenges of policing the borders.

He said NIS was currently studying other proposals from some notable security/ICT firms that would properly suite the Nigerian terrain.

He said that the e-border project model that would eventually be adopted would be cost effective, sustainable and effective in the Nigerian terrain.

“The e-border project has not been jettisoned but I am currently studying other proposals from other companies with a view to getting the best for the country,” he said.

The comptroller-general said the Service had also commenced training of border personnel and rehabilitating their residential quarters as captured in the 2016 budget.

He said the Service was planning to get some high tech make-shift accommodation for some of the personnel in remote areas of the borders.

He said he had directed that the Service personnel be periodically posted out of their border posts to allow for effective service delivery.

Huawei Technologies. had in March made a presentation of its security solution tagged “Huawei Safe City Solution” to the NIS with a test-run project at the Illela border in Sokoto State.

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