Nigeria: Govt Unveils Residence Permit Trackers for Expatriates, Foreigners

Abuja — The federal government on Tuesday unveiled 28 residence permit card tracking centres for expatriates and foreigners in the country, with the view to seamlessly monitoring their movements within the country.

This came as it disclosed that plans were underway to introduce visa at entry points as part of efforts to eradicate bureaucracy hindering the influx of foreign investors into the country.

The over-riding objective of the unveiling of 28 residence permit card tracking centres for expatriates and foreigners, government said, is to use the centres to monitor and track the effectiveness of inflow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDIs) into the country.

The biometric security card device would be installed across airports and border control posts which would keep track, monitor and detect wanted international criminals.

Unveiling the facilities in Abuja, the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen Abdulrahman Dambazzau (rtd), said the 28 new CERPAC production centre and 28 operational vehicles will enhance the capacity of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to discharge its statutory duty of internal monitoring and control of foreigners within the country.