Nigerians Are In Bondage Because Of Immigration Service – Senator Bayero Nafada

The Senate on Wednesday declined to endorse the budgetary plan of Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, over deceitful contracts entered with a few organizations by the administration.

The senate said a report demonstrated that the administration had gone into arrangement of concurrence with organizations in Nigeria and abroad against due process.

The understanding throughout the years had supposedly rendered the administration unequipped for transmitting its income to the Federal Government as it (assention) purportedly swallows the greater part of its income.

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Responding to this, Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Interior, Bayero Nafada, Gombe-PDP, said the panel’s exertion at examining the arrangements had proved abortive.

 

He explained that some of the companies are unknown while the known ones have refused to honour invitations by the Senate committee.

He said: “Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, I can confirm to you that Immigration has ‘endless agreements’ with some companies processing international passports. I keep wondering where agreements take place without a duration.”

Responding to a summon by the Senate President to explain, a member of the Interior Committee, Solomon Olamilekan, Lagos-APC, said that the agreements had put the nation in ‘bondage.’

He noted that the company contracted by the service to process international passport for Nigeria is located in London and had never honoured any invitation by the committee.

“Mr. President, Nigeria is in bondage. How can the immigration go into agreements without a time limit and you see what happens there? One of the contractors in London has never visited Nigeria. Efforts to invite him to appear before our committee proved abortive,” he added.

He alleged that ministry officials refused to ‘open up’ during interrogation because of ”kickbacks they receive after transactions.”

The lawmakers agreed, through a voice vote, that the budget should be suspended while the interior committee investigates the matter.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, PRO, of the service, Sunday James said he is not aware of any agreement entered into by the service.

“I don’t know anything about issue of agreement entered. Procurement, agreement and other things that have to do with products are not in my area of jurisdiction,” he said.

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