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The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, has said that the approval of N7.1 billion for the construction of NIS technology centre would enhance effective service delivery.

Babandede told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Friday that the approval of the project by the Federal Executive Council was “a dream come true” for the service.

FEC had on Wednesday announced the approval of N11 billion for the construction of NIS technology centre and purchase of fire fighting vehicles for the Federal Fire Service.

NAN reports that N3.9 billion was approved for the procurement of 22 fire fighting vehicles for the federal fire service while N7.1 billion was earmarked for the construction of NIS technology centre.

He said: “I received with deep appreciation the Presidential approval on behalf of the NIS and the good people of Nigeria that are yearning for seamless service delivery from the NIS who will continue to enjoy timely delivery and transparent services.”

He added that the building, when constructed, would buttress the vision of the service to be a modern, effective and efficient immigration service manned by a well-trained and motivated workforce.

Babandede said: “It will serve the public better and encourage Foreign Direct Investment by removing bureaucratic bottlenecks and constraints to doing business in the country and making Nigeria a progressively easier place to do business.”

NAN reports that the Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, who announced the approval, said the centre would help harness the data of the service which presently was domiciled with various service providers.

He said: “The centre, when operational, will help bring together all the data used by the Nigeria Immigration Service under one roof.

“For now we have these data domiciled with the service providers and they are in piecemeal.

“So, at the proposed centre to be sighted within the headquarters of the Service, the data will be brought together so that the immigration can be able to interface with other institutions that have to do with internal security, border management and so on, like the Customs Service.”

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