Facial recognition technology is set to be installed at major airports across Nigeria, according to a statement by the Federal Government.
The Honourable Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, made the announcement during a meeting with the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria and a team from NEC Corporation, an information technology company in Abuja.
The technology, which will be deployed through grant agreements between the Nigerian and Japanese governments, is expected to improve security at airports by easily detecting impostors.
The minister promised to ensure the deployment of the technology at the Lagos and Abuja international airports in the pilot phase before extending it to Port Harcourt, Enugu, and Kano airports.
He added that he would be leading the ambassador and the team on a site survey visit to Lagos and Abuja airports for necessary assessments.
The initiative has received the support of officials from the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, Nigerian Immigration Service, and the Nigerian Police Force who were present during the meeting.