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NIS, Huawei Technologies Strengthen Ties for Digital Migration management



The Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS), has said that it will continue to strengthen its partnership with Chinese mobile technologies giant, Huawei, to provide a digital platform for seamless and effective migration management across national borders for internal security.

Speaking at an interactive session between the NIS and Huawei on immigration digital transformation, Acting Comptroller-General, (CG), of the NIS, Isah Idris, noted that a sustained collaboration between the two agencies is key to bolstering efforts at securing Nigeria’s borders through ICT.

He said the need for smooth deployment of relevant Information and Communication Technology, (ICT), has made it necessary for the NIS to continue to engage Huawei technologies to further the agency’s commitment at entrenching seamless operations and strategies.

Idris said the service has long realized that “Within the framework of the statutory obligations of the NIS and in furtherance of the overall commitment towards entrenching effective and efficient Migration Management and Internal Security strategies in Nigeria, the deployment of relevant Information and Communications Technology (ICT) cannot be overemphasized.”

“Consequently, while contending with the reality of inadequate resources, the NIS had implemented several ICT platforms to guarantee seamless operations and effective and efficient service delivery.

Some prominent examples of such platforms which are at various stages of implementation include e-Passport Project, e-Payment for Immigration facilities and Expatriate Residence Permit (CERPAC) Project.

“Others are e-Pass to check overstay, electronic passenger registration system (e-PaRS), automated Visa on Arrival (VOA), automated Temporary Work Permit (TWP), Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS), Public Key Directory (PKD) and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), a harmonization of data base command and Control entre in the NIS’ Technology Building and the deployment of Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered central database system among others,” he added.

He explained that the essence of interactive session was to create an enabling environment for the ICT personnel of the NIS to brief the technical experts from Huawei on the general status of the NIS digital transformation with a view of engaging in very robust technical discussions and exchange of ideas towards enhancing the capacity of the NIS in accelerating trends for operational integration with appropriate and adequate technological interventions.

Huawei Chief Scientists, Koh Heng Eng, while giving a brief description of some of some key technological strategies, said his company will continue to provide the needed digital and technological support to the NIS in order to deepen their relationship.

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Kida Promises Brighter Future For Basketball



As preparations for the eargely awaited elections into a new board of Nigeria Basketball Federation hots up, the outgoing president of the NBBF board, Engr. Ahmadu Musa Kida, has reiterated his unflinching desires to take the game to greater heights.

While speaking with journalists in Lagos, Kida stated that his love and passion for the game, and particularly, the desire to see its rapid development at the grassroots level are reasons behind his reelection bid.

” I’m seeking reelection as the president of NBBF because basketball in Nigeria is still a work in progress. I have so much believe in the potentials of the youths playing this game and their ability to rule the world,” he enthused.

” What the world have seen so far, are just glimpses and tips of the iceberg. I believe that with concerted efforts and dedication to the game, the future of basketball in Nigeria is very bright,” he said.

It would be recalled that in his four years as the president of NBBF, Musa Kida facilitated the sponsorship of the division 1 and 2 basketball league by Total Oil. He also returned the NBBF Premier League after four years in the doldrums.

Kida was credited for his immense and selfless moral and financial support that ensured D’Tigress won the Afrobasketball championship three times in a roll; 2017, 2019 and 2021.

He also supported D’Tigers to become the first African national team to defeat the USA, in a basketball game.

Through his Ahmadu Musa Kida Foundation, he funded several grassroots basketball programmes across West Africa., particularly,  popularising the 3×3 games.  As well as, supporting grassroots basketball programmes in Rivers State, leading to their winning of gold medals in three National Sports Festival for both male and female.

He added conclusively, “Together, we can achieve more. Therefore, I remain committed to the development of the game in Nigeria. I want to reassure lovers of basketball of my selfless drives to secure a brighter future for the game in the country.” 

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