LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE new Returns Reception Centre built by the United Kingdom Government for the Nigeria Immigration Service facility is set to provide a secure, weather proof environment for processing returns.
The facility has been commissioned at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, and Nigeria’s Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Danbazau, have commissioned the immigration facility.
“This centre is designed to help improve the returns process for you on the ground, but more importantly, allow a dignified return of Nigerians repatriated from the UK, which is important to both our countries,” Arkwright said.
Danbazau said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari administration was committed to the protection of the rights of Nigerians wherever they are and promised improved service delivery to Nigerians in the Diaspora.
He thanked the UK government for constructing and donating the centre stressing that the facility will be a symbol of the UK and Nigeria’s commitment to migrants’ right to dignified returns.
Currently, approximately 50 Nigerians are removed on a six-week basis from the UK, with flights arriving into the cargo terminal of Murtala Mohammed International Airport.
Until now, the terminal did not have any arrivals facility for returnees.They were processed by immigration officials on the aircraft, which presented a number of challenges.
– CAJ News