The Government of Japan has extended a grant of USD 910,000 to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support the Government of Nigeria in immigration and border management activities. The financial support is provided under the 2015 Japanese Supplementary Budget.
 
The project is designed to contribute to countering terrorism and other transnational crime by enhancing land border control in Nigeria through the installation of Migrants Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) in four Border Crossing Points (BCPs) in Nigeria. The project will be implemented over a period of 12 months, commencing from 1 March 2016 – 28 February 2017. 
 
Nigeria is confronted with security threats from terrorist activities and international organized crime groups engaging in smuggling and trafficking. While the air borders provide some measures of security, significant gaps exist within the land borders. For this reason, IOM is currently working with the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to ensure that Nigerian land borders are better managed and also that legitimate travel is facilitated.  The financial support from the Japanese Governmentwill allow for seamless continuation of IOM’s support to NIS in the area of strengthening land border management in Nigeria.  
 
Speaking about the grant and the project, the IOM Chief of Mission in Nigeria Ms Enira Krdzalic said: “IOM has been steadfast in supporting the activities of NIS in border management and control through innovative and result-based strategy. IOM, through this funding, will expand current interventions on MIDAS installations to other land border crossing points not previously covered, thereby contributing to reducing the incidence of irregular migration in and from Nigeria. Through this support, additional four land BCPs will be equipped with MIDAS, bringing the total coverage of the viable major land BCPs to nine.”
 
The project will facilitate the key outcome of strengthened inspection and control of cross border movement, through checking of persons against national and international watch lists and better identification and registration of non-nationals in the country.