The Federal Government has approved that all Africans can come to Nigeria without Visa from January 2020.
This was revealed by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Wednesday, December 11, in Abuja.
The Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede made the disclosure at the inauguration of Africa–Frontex Intelligence Community (AFIC).
It was garnered that European border and Coast guard Agency; also known as Frontex is an agency of European Union (EU) tasked with border control of the European Schengen Area; in coordination with border and coast guard of Schengen area member states.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari also confirmed the development in a tweet posted on his official handle.
Nigeria is committed to supporting the free movement of Africans within Africa. Yesterday at the Aswan Forum in Egypt I announced that, in January 2020, we will commence issuance of visas at the point of entry into Nigeria, to all persons holding passports of African countries.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) December 12, 2019
Further, the NIS boss disclosed that the move will help free movement of Africans across the border
”We cannot succeed without a tool like AFIC. This tool is keen if we want to implement an effective free movement across our border.
“The tool is actually coming at the right time. AFIC would help African countries especially Nigeria that want to open its border for all Africans to enter at will. And now that tool is available, it would make the work easier for us,” he said.
Babandede said that it was important to acknowledge the different forces in Nigeria curbing crime and insecurity.
“But our duty is unique and you may not see it as it is in Chad, Benin or Cameroon.
“The essence is that we are very keen and we have been working with the EU for a long time. Frontex is in charge of the border before they got another responsibility called coast guard; which is also very keen to Africa especially checking member state of ECOWAS,” he said.
The CGI commended the EU and Frontex delegates for establishing the risk analysis centre; adding that analysis could not be done physically without analytical system.
“I was opportune to be at the Frontex headquarters; and I came with useful tools which are for border and control centre.
”This has brought about the building of border and control centre which will be inaugurated next year. So the analytical system from Frontex, border control system and even mobility would all be in one place,” he said.
The NIS boss assured the delegates that the service would maintain the equipment and called for more training of officers.