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To all intents and purposes, Femi Adelegan is eminently placed to put this compilation together given his vast experiences as a sound and tested professional with links in areas touched by the publication. I commend the author’s observation that: ‘’Many intending travellers are not adequately informed about the pros and cons of visiting other nations for different reasons’’ and that ‘’Planning for trips overseas for tourism or business entails more than what most people envisage.’’ The author invites attention to the global fight against terror that has heightened the level of security measures put in place at border posts and submits that preparations commence with the procurement of a traveling passport issued by the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Nigeria Immigration Service. It does not end until the traveller successfully goes through Immigration formalities at the land, air, or sea ports of Nigeria and foreign nations being visited.  It is also important to bear in mind that possession of an entry visa does not automatically translate into automatic entry by visitors at the border posts of foreign nations. Similarly, entry into Nigeria is not complete until entry clearance officers permit visitors to enter at Nigeria’s borders; and the Nigerian Customs Service, in the case of goods and services.

This compilation, USEFUL GUIDES FOR FOREIGN TRAVELS & IMMIGRATION, may be small in terms of size. However, it is big in terms of useful information. It is also a good resource material for members of staff of agencies whose roles are treated in this book, including the Federal Ministry of Interior and its Parastatals, particularly the Immigration Service and the Custom Service; Federal Ministry of Transportation and its Parastatals, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Nigeria Police Force, the National Intelligence Agency, Nigerian Security & Civil Defense Corp, and other agencies of the Federal Government stationed at border posts, Protocol Departments of State Governments and other bodies in the private sector responsible for liaising with Agencies operating at border posts, and private sector operators in general.

Indeed, this publication could not have come at a better time than now, when the whole world is united about the need for good governance, and combatting terror; issues that have and nations have continued to tighten their immigration policies, and when the federal government of Nigeria is introducing a new border control and immigration system to ease operations at the nation’s border posts, coupled with the introduction of a multi bio-metric system that is capable of generating a database of travelers and users of the ports. This book is ‘’A Must Read’’ for all who wish to be guided on how to have smooth passages at border posts in Nigeria and abroad, attaining the objective of doing business with ease in Nigeria, and for Nigerians to conduct themselves in an orderly manner while on visits abroad.

Ambassador Joe C. Keshi, OON
Retired Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria & Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors, United Bank for Africa Plc
December, 2017

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