Interior minister, Tunji-Ojo test runs e-gates at Abuja airport


The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo has tested the electronic gates (e-gates) mounted at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

While inspecting the facilities on Friday, the minister said the installation is 99 per cent completed, adding that the e-gates would be deployed for operations by next week.

Addressing the media, the minister said the e-gates were being deployed to eliminate human interfaces, reduce bureaucracy and make movement of passengers in and out the country seamless.

According to him, 29 of the e-gates would be deployed in Lagos, four in Enugu and Kano while Port-Harcourt would have five.

Newspot reports that the e-gates are equipped with modern facilities required to scan passengers coming into the country via the airports without the usual delay.


The minister said that the Airport Infrastructure and Command and Control Centres have been subjected to different tests with fake and expired passports rejected while genuine ones were cleared.

“With this massive infrastructure, we believe that no unwanted persons or persons of interests can find their ways into Nigeria.

“Our security through the airports and in the airport domains are guaranteed.

“It is a testimony to what Mr President told us from day one on his Renewed Hope Agenda. He asked us to change the narratives and make passengers movements in and out of the country seamless,” he said.

Tunji-Ojo further stated that the era of unnecessary delays for passengers who come into the country due to manual scanning by Immigration officers would be a thing of the past by the time e-gates become functional.

The minister spoke of the need for the country to add another layer to its national security architecture by having about two or three licence verifications.

According to him, the additional licence verifications would enable relevant government agencies to easily flag persons of interest, or those on the watch list.

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