Security: Immigration to deploy staff to MM2
The Comptroller-General (CG) of the Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS) Martin Kure Abeshi Friday disclosed that Immigration officers will be deployed to the new Immigration Control areas at the Murtala Mohammed Airport 2 Ikeja (MM2) in preparedness for the commencement of international flights on the December 1st, 2015.
Abeshi made this known at a meeting with Mr. Christopher Pennick, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Ltd, and the operators of the MM2 Terminal at the Airport which use to be solely for local flights.
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 has provided well furnished offices for both administrative and operational duties for the Immigration Service and other necessary facilities needed for passengersâ€™ clearance especially in the Departure and Arrival Halls.
According to a statement issued by the Service Public Relations Officer and Deputy Comptroller of Immigration, Ekpedeme King, the Bi-Courtney Aviation Services have also provided a transit area for interline passengers and a holding area for passengers that may be refused entry into Nigeria and need to be repatriated.
He therefore used the opportunity to formally request that NIS personnel be deployed in good time for the take-off of the first international flight.
Pennick said: â€œI am here this morning to request that you post your staff to the Immigration Counters providedâ€
He also said, â€œFacilities have been designed and produced in a manner to conform to international standardsâ€, while providing seamless transit between international and domestic passengers as well.
Responding, the immigration boss said that the Service has been monitoring developments at the MM2 since the Federal Government and Bi-Courtney Aviation Nig. Ltd signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and was satisfied with developments.
Abeshi said: â€œYou have done well and shown seriousness in ensuring that MM2 becomes a model for Airports in Africa. I will deploy well trained officers and men who will offer world class services to passengers at the Terminal. However, for the purpose of effective control; the MM2 operations will be supervised by the Murtala Muhammed Airport Command.â€
According to Pennick, Airlines such as Dana, Aero Contractors and Medview will commence flight using the MM2 to Accra and a few other destinations in West Africa.
Pennick was accompanied on the visit by Olatunji Olayinka, the Chief Security Officer of MM2.
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