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Immigration Service Remits Over N11.682Bn, $22,972 In 8 Months – CG

The Comptroller General (CG)of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, disclosed on Thursday that the Service had remitted the sums of N11,682,009,761 and $22,972.38 into the Federation Account as revenues collected from January to August this year.

The Comptroller General made this disclosure at the Service’s annual workshop with the theme ‘Migration Management in a Developing Economy: the Role of NIS’ held in Benin, Edo State.

He explained that in addition to beign a key security agency of government, the NIS also remained a service provider and a revenue-generating agency.

The CG expatiated: “In 2018, we remitted the sum of N6,945,585,360 and $36,909,411 to FGN as its shares of the revenue we generated through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects.

“This year, from January 1st to August 31st, we lodged the sum of N11,682,009,761 and $22,972.38 into the coffers. Every immigration officer, serving and retired, strongly believes that a review of some of the PPPs will double or even triple revenue at a time we are running a deficit budget.

“I must not be quoted out of context. I am a strong believer of PPP because it leverages resources and enhances efficiency, but not some of the PPPs we operate that exploit our resources and add little value to our work,” Babandede said.

The CG expressed his optimism that the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, would make a difference by renegotiating some of the PPPs, describing the annual conference as a veritable forum that affords the service the opportunity to reflect on its activities, evaluate its strategies, policies and programmes with a view to charting a roadmap for improved performance on a yearly basis.

 

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