Minister Conducts Trial of Electronic Gates at Abuja Airport

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Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, the Minister of Interior, took the lead on Friday in conducting a trial run of the newly installed electronic gates (e-gates) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, confirming that the project was nearing completion.

Tunji-Ojo announced intentions to commence full operation of the e-gates by the following week, accompanied by key officials such as the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Aishetu Ndayako, and the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Kemi Nanna Nandap.

The minister underscored the objective of the e-gates, aimed at streamlining passenger movement by eliminating human interfaces and bureaucratic hurdles.

Plans for deployment encompass 29 e-gates for Lagos, with four each allocated for Enugu and Kano, and five designated for Port Harcourt. Tunji-Ojo highlighted the meticulous testing of airport infrastructure and command centers, ensuring the rejection of fake and expired passports while seamlessly processing genuine ones.

He emphasized the pivotal role of the e-gates in fortifying airport security and thwarting the entry of undesirable individuals into Nigeria.

According to Tunji-Ojo, “With this extensive infrastructure, we are confident that no unwanted persons or individuals of interest can gain access to Nigeria. Our airport security is bolstered, guaranteeing safety within our air travel domain.”

He commended the collaborative efforts of various stakeholders, including the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria and the Nigeria Customs Service, in spearheading this transformative initiative. Tunji-Ojo emphasized the alignment of this initiative with the President’s Renewed Hope Agenda, aimed at enhancing passenger experiences and national security.

He acknowledged the coordinated efforts of the team and praised the Minister of Aviation, Hon. Festus Keyamo (SAN), and other critical stakeholders for their contributions towards achieving this remarkable transformation.

The trial run of the electronic gates signifies a significant stride towards modernizing airport operations, ensuring efficiency, and reinforcing Nigeria’s commitment to enhancing security protocols while facilitating seamless travel experiences for passengers.

Soukaina Sghir

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