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Minister test runs e-gates at Airports

Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, on Friday, test ran the electronic gates (e-gates) mounted at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, in Abuja, asserting the job is 99 percent done.






The e-gates, he said, would be deployed for operations by next week, The Nation reports.







The Nation said that Dr. Tunji-Ojo was 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.



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He said the e-gates were being deployed to eliminate human interfaces, reduce bureaucracy and make movements of passengers in and out the country seamless.








The Minister said 29 of the e-gates would be deployed in Lagos, four in Enugu and Kano while Port-Harcourt would have five.






He disclosed that the Airport infrastructure and Command and Control Centres have been subjected to different tests with fake and expired passports rejected while genuine ones were cleared.






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




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“It is a testimony to what Mr. President told us from day one on his Renewed Hope Agenda. He asked us to change the narratives and make passengers movements in and out of the country seamless.








“You can see that we have all our team here working in synergy with the authorities of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) the Nigeria Customs Service and other stakeholders.








“I must at this point commend the Minister of Aviation, Hon. Festus Keyamo (SAN) and other critical stakeholders who have made this transformation possible.”