The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has declared that it generated over N24 billion revenue for the country between January and October this year.
The comptroller-general of immigration, Mr. Martin Kure Abeshi, gave the figure while reviewing the performance of the service to the minister of interior, Abdullah Dambazau, who undertook an on- the-spot assessment tour of all the service’s facilities in Abuja.
According to him, in the period under review, N9, 788, 969, 705. 85 was generated locally from operations and passports issuance, while another N9, 676, 474, 587. 72 was realised from the issuance of Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card (CERPAC), totaling N19, 465, 171, 293. 57.
The Immigration boss who reiterated that the Service under his saddle is bent on implementing the fiscal policies of government further explained that the Service also generated $24, 657, 443. 11 (N4, 912, 995, 539.6) from passports and visas issuance off-shore, making an overall total of N24, 378, 166, 833. 24 this year alone.
Abeshi who said the generation of the huge revenue by the Service was achieved despite daunting challenges it was facing, pleaded with the federal government to urgently purchase modern border patrol aircraft as well as “urgently repair and upgrade our existing Dornier 228 Aircraft, lying waste at the Air Border Patrol Base in Kaduna.”
He added, “Even though we have attained this height in spite of daunting challenges we are faced with, I want to state here that we still need to enforce procedures. This is because procedures make things easy and enforcing such has helped us to check revenue leakage and to also control crowd at the once overcrowded passport office.”
In his response, the minister who was pleased with the achievements of the service promised that all issues listed by the Immigration boss will be looked into in due course.
He, however, charged men and officers of the service not to relent in discharging their assigned mandate, and urged them to exhibit more dedication to work in order to provide Nigerians and foreigners alike with the best services.
Source : Leadership News NG