- FEC Approves N12.6 Billion For NIS Data Center, Others
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved N12.66 billion for the building of a Data Control and Communication Center for the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS); as well as the purchase of firefighting equipment for the Nigeria Fire Service.
Speaking on the fund, the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, said the approval is a move by the Federal Government to centralize the data of NIS for an effective and efficient database management and quick information retrieval.
“I remember that sometimes in May, there was approval for Projects Consultants for the construction of what is termed as Technology Building, which is a data command control and communication center. The whole idea is to bring together all the data used by Nigeria Immigration Service under one roof,” the Minister said in part.
Furthermore, the Minister of Interior said the database management of the Nigeria Immigration Service is presently domiciled with various service providers; and the move to bring them under one roof will ensure internal security of data.
“For now, we have this data domiciled with the service providers. Even though we are able to bring them there, but they are in piecemeal. So, within the command, the technology building, all these data will be brought together so that they can interface with other institutions that have to do with internal security, border management and so on, including the Customs since the Immigration and the Customs are always at the borders,” he said.
Abdulrahman Dambazau, alongside his counterpart, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said the approval for the firefighting equipment, also in the approval, is to help the fire service in ameliorating fire incidents.
“The government is doing everything possible to ensure that fire incidents are contended and also controlled. These fire trucks are being distributed accordingly. We identified areas that have the fire hazards and of course, we are just starting this and we will continue to do this effort.”
Also in the approval, at the FEC meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the State House, is the procurement of 116 Green Maria vehicles for the Nigeria Prisons Service and N828 million as a variation for the Abuja runway.