Lagos Airport Immigration Processed 2.7m Passengers In 2014
The Comptroller of Immigration, Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMA), Lagos, Mrs. Chizoba Dibi, said that the command processed a total of 2,785,458 passengers at the airport in 2014.
This is just as she said that the international wing of MMA is one of the most sensitive gateways in the country and that 30 foreign airlines operates in and out of the country using this terminal.
She disclosed this when the Comptroller General of Immigration (CGI), Mr. Martins Abeshi, visited the airport recently.
A breakdown of this figure, according to the MMIA Immigration boss, indicated that 1,294,010 of the figure processed were arriving passengers while 1,491 passengers were departing passengers.
Dibi also disclosed that in 2014, the command refused departure to 238 persons, refused admission to 297, while regular deportees stood at 5,149 and special deportees 900.
She also informed that 12 foreigners were repatriated, recorded 17 stowaways and received 2,902 Nigerian returnees in the period under review.
On the revenue generated by the agency at the terminal within the period, Dibi stated that the command generated $704,058, noting that airlines owed the agency $65400 while it owed the Federal Airports Authority (FAAN) N61, 273.00 in 2014.
In the same vein, the Comptroller of Immigration, MMIA, hinted that between January to August, 2015, the agency processed a total of 1,421,267 passengers.
She explained that out of the 1,4421,267 passengers that were processed, 665,450 were departures while 755,817 were arrivals, adding that 353 persons were refused departure,147 refused admission and that the number of regular deportees stood at 3,102 in the period under review.
Other figures released by Dibi include; special deportees which stood at 508, repatriated foreigners, five, Nigerians that were deported 1, 420 and one stowaway.
She revealed that the command generated $657,064 between January and August 2015, airlines indebtedness to the agency as carrier liability stood at $1,170,000 and that between the period under review it owed FAAN N61, 273,030
On the 2015 hajj operations, she said that departure clearance for pilgrims to Mecca was ongoing and that 26 flights had departed with a total of 6,967 pilgrims from Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Edo and from the Armed Forces between August 23 to September 6, 2015.
He stated that all these pilgrims were airlifted by Medview Airline, one of the domestic airlines in the country and one of the airlines approved for the operations by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCOM).
On the challenges facing the command, Dibi stated that one of the major challenges of the agency at the airport is that it does not have a single vehicle and also lacks funds to run the command.
Other challenges include: inadequate space for its offices and passengers, breakdown of cooling system, intermittent power supply and lack of operational workforce of the rank of ASI to superintendent instead of the large number of senior officers that were available at the command.