Why Nigerian Government initiates Biometric Visa for visitors


Mr Abubakar Magaji said Nigeria is the first in Africa that is issuing biometric visa to her visitors

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Digital fingerprint/ Photo credit: Boxshowafrica
The federal Government of Nigeria has launched biometric visa for visitors from other countries across the globe. The information was disclosed by the Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Mr Abubakar Magaji in Abuja on Monday, during the 2017 End-of-Year party and Award night of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

According to Mr Magaji, the development was aimed at stopping unwanted persons from entering the country.

Magaji, who represented the Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau at the event, stated that Nigeria is the first in Africa that is issuing biometric visa to her visitors.

He said: “You have made us proud because at this moment, Nigeria is the only country in Africa that is issuing biometric visa.

It started this year, but we have already launched it. I know the biometric visa is going to block many people that we don’t want to come to Nigeria,” he added.

Also, the permanent Secretary disclosed that introduction of the biometric visa was one of the greatest achievements NIS has acquired this year.

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Before now, NIS had called on visa applicants residing in Nigeria (irrespective of nationality) to provide their biometric information as part of the application process.

According to NIS, biometric information means information about applicant’s distinctive physical characteristics including measurements or other assessments of those characteristics, and information about those characteristics held in automated form of visa application. These include capturing of fingerprints and applicant’s face.

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NIS also noted that the equipment for the registration complies with international safety standards, which implies that it is safe for every body.


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