Senate Queries Nigerian Immigration Service Over N62m Project Monitoring

 The Senate yesterday queried the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) over what it described as frivolous and reckless spending of the 2016 budget allocation.
 The senate committee on Interior while interfacing with the  agency  had frown at the service spending a whopping sum of 62 million  on project monitoring , wondering why it will lavish such amount of money on project  monitoring alone when the country is facing economic recess.
 The senators who were visibly not satisfied with the presentation by the comptroller General of Immigration , Mr  Babandele  Mohammed on the 2016 budget performance had picked holes on the agency’s   budget performance , adding that it was wrong for the service to spend almost 100 % of the total budget sum.
 The comptroller General had in his submission stated that  the service needed about 200 hundred vehicles for its operation and surveillance, adding that it embarked on  routine project monitoring to ascertain the progress of the  projects.
 The lawmakers had equally observed that the said projects that gulfed N62 million for project monitoring were not matched  and attached to the budget.
 The senators had complained that almost all the capital projects in the 2016 budget which were funded were repeated in the 2017 budget. It particularly queried the service request for  the purchase of 200 vehicles.
 In his remark  a member of the committee ,Sen Chukwuka  Utazi said“ I have just pointed out four items that have repeatedly appeared in the 2017 budget, chairman are you with me, well this is your committee “ .
  Speaking at the 2017 ministry’s budget defense, chairman  senate committee  on  Interior, Senator  George Sekibo  urged the comptroller general and his team to be up and doing and to use the  budget allocation judiciously .
He  charged them to address the challenge of porous border facing the country.

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