The Comptroller- General of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Mr. Martin Abeshi, yesterday said NIS would deploy personnel to the new Immigration Control areas at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, in preparedness for the commencement of international flights on December 1. A statement issued by the spokesperson for NIS, Mr. Ekpedeme King, a Deputy Comptroller Immigration (DCI), said the CGI made this known at a meeting with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, Mr. Christopher Pennick. According to King, Pennick was at the Service headquarters to brief the CGI on the extent of work done at the airport to ensure that facilities meet international standards.
He confirmed that Bi- Courtney had provided well-furnished offices for both administrative and operational duties for the Immigration Service and other necessary facilities needed for passengers’ clearance especially in the departure and arrival halls. Also, King explained that Bi-Courtney had provided a transit area for interline passengers and a holding area for passengers that might be refused entry into Nigeria and need to be repatriated. He said:
“I am here this morning to request that you post your staff to the immigration counters provided. “Facilities have been designed and produced in a manner to conform to international standards, while providing seamless transit between international and domestic passengers as well.”