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Nigeria Immigration goes paperless with introduction of ERM platform


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Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), has introduced an Electronic Records Management (ERM) platform for its official correspondences and communications. In a statement signed by Service Public Relations Officer, Assistant Comptroller Of Immigration, Amos Okpu mnipr, this move is part of efforts to reduce paper work bureaucracy, cost and unnecessary waste of man-hours in moving bulky files around offices.

Speaking at the launch of the facility, the Comptroller General of Immigration (CGI), Muhammad Babandede MFR noted that modern migration management and border security efforts require high investments in Information Technology (IT) tools and structures in order to drive processes and procedures optimally.

He noted that the particular situation especially with the expansive and extensive the nation’s Borderlines requires that operational actions and decisions are taken with the speed of light to ensure impact and efficiency

According to him, the Service cannot continue to conduct operations and processes using the old tools and processes in today’s rapidly dynamic migration environment that requires robust automation platforms for quick and informed decision-making processes.

The Comptroller General stated that the impressive results of the Service’s exploits in the deployment of the Migration Information Data Analysis System (MIDAS) for border control and security afforded the confidence that the Service has no other option but to deepen automation of other areas to remain relevant in the national security architecture and global migratory systems.

The CGI maintained that with the adoption of the paperless electronic platform, himself and the management team are now able to take urgent official decisions in the most efficient and timely manner.

“We are now able to conduct our official assignments everywhere and anywhere simply by the touch of buttons. We can now treat electronically transferred files and mails on official matters at the convenience of our homes and leisure Centres without compromising security, he added.

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He assured that with a secured interface as offered by the ERM facility, confidentiality of our official communication and correspondences is guaranteed while promptness to official correspondences has been greatly improved. With this facility, we shall reduce the budget cost on procuring papers and files while efforts at robust e-archiving will be enhanced to ensure seamless tracing and tracking of correspondences.

The CGI noted that the future of Office administration and management is paperless and we in the NIS has keyed in.

At the launch of the paperless platform, Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola commended the NIS for being the first government agency to unveil the process as well as the call for extending it to passport offices and border posts to enhance service delivery. In addition, he thanked the Federal Government for its constant support for all of the government agencies under his ministry and assured that more reform efforts would be made to improve service quality.

The Minister had earlier launched a Code of Conduct and Ethics document for the Service, in which he urged officers and men to consistently exhibit the virtues of integrity, courtesy, sound morality, and uncommon transparency in their official and private conducts.

The Comptroller General described the document as a product of wide consultations with relevant stakeholders stressing that it will help in moderating personnel behavioural conducts on and off duty times.

The event was attended by the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Interior, Hon. Zango Daura, Chairman Code of Conduct Bureau, Prof. Muhammad Isah, Chairman ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye and representatives from EFCC among others.

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