Nigeria is set to Introduce E-Visa

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The Federal Government is to introduce the use of electronic visa (e-Visa) to check forgery and fraud. The Comptroller General of Immigration, Chukwurah Udeh, disclosed this while briefing newsmen at the Immigration Headquarters in Abuja. He said worried by the problem, the Federal Government of Nigeria has now resolved to start issuing electronic e-visa in its effort to fight forgery of visas for travellers in the country.

The Comptroller General of Immigration said "activities of issuing a fake travelling visa to innocent Nigerians is worrisome and the Minister of Interior, Major General Godwin Abbe (rtd), retired has approved that we should start issuing e-visas just as we did to the e-passports, hence forth, all the visas we will issue in Nigeria will be in e- card, it will contain the applicant's picture with his thumb print printed by our data equipment and it will be difficult to forge due to the strict security measures that we will take to protect it."

The Comptroller General recalled that "in 2005 when he assumed duty as the immigration boss he had declared that some of the visa related documents were missing and in 2006, they cancelled all the visas issued and started afresh after they provided a scientific ink that only their computers can read and since then, they have arrested some people issuing fake visas, the solution to this problem is to issue e - visas," he added.

Udeh added that "they have commenced discussions with some companies that will do the work for them and they have reached advanced stage in their discussions so that Nigerians will start collecting visas that are world class standard," he added.

Daily Trust