Domestic debts of 36 states, FCT hit N3.5trn in H1’18

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…As NIS seizes 436 voter cards, 192 National ID slips from foreigners***

The Debt Management Office (DMO), yesterday, said the domestic debt stock of the country’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) stood at N3.5 trillion as at the first half of 2018 (H1’18).

The figure indicates that the states and FCT increased their debt stock by about N200 billion or 6.0 percent over the N3.3 trillion recorded at the end of December 2017. According to data released by DMO on its website, Lagos State has the highest debt stock at N517 billion or 17 percent of the total debt stock of states. The data showed the domestic debt stock of the other states among the top five during the period under review are: Delta (N223 billion), Rivers (N191 billion), Akwa Ibom (N179 billion), and Osun (N136 billion). The states with five lowest debts are: Anambra (N2.6 billion), Sokoto (N25 billion), Yobe (N27 billion), Kastina (N31 billion), while Ebonyi and Jigawa States have N34 billion each. The other states are: Abia (N57 billion), Adamawa (N67 billion), Bauchi (N78 billion), Bayelsa (N123 billion), Benue (N93 billion), Borno (N78 billion), cross river (N125 billion), Edo (N69 billion), Ekiti (N118 billion),   Enugu (N61 billion),   Gombe (N42 billion),   Imo (N85 billion),   Kaduna (N76 billion),   Kano (N95 billion),   Kebbi (N54 billion), Kogi (N114 billion, Kwara (N40 billion), Nasarawa (N70 billion), Niger (N40 billion), Ogun (N105 billion), Ondo (N51 billion), Oyo (N88 billion), Plateau (N122 billion), Taraba (N60 billion), Zamfara (N70 billion) and FCT (N94 billion).

In the meantime, no  fewer than 436 voter cards and 192 National Identity slips were seized from foreigners in the second and third quarters of the year, the Katsina State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), said yesterday.

Controller of Immigration in the state Joshua Ajisafe who stated this in Katsina, said 729 irregular migrants were repatriated by the command in the period under review.

Ajisafe spoke at the inauguration of the NIS operational border patrol base at Mazanya, a border community in Jibiya Local Government Area of the state.

He said the command also intercepted 10 suspected human traffickers and rescued 162 victims of human trafficking in the period under review.

Katsina hosts an estimated 203 km borderline with Niger Republic, according to the controller, making it a major illegal trans-border migration route in the country.

According to him, this explains why it is the most populous state command of the NIS in terms of manpower, with 1,035 officers and men stationed there.

He said: “The command was able to curtail the influx of irregular immigrants with the help of border corps officers deployed to man some of the illegal routes.

“The establishment of the two hinterland checkpoints at Charanchi and Kankara highways in the state also helped in this regard.”

He said within the period, the command denied 1,203 foreigners admission into the country for lack of travel documents, while 411 Nigerians were refused departure for not having valid travel documents.

The controller disclosed that the command recorded the arrival of 176,724 valid travel document holders and departure of 49,780 others in the period.

Ajisafe attributed the modest achievements largely to support from the NIS headquarters and effective synergy with sister security agencies in the state.

Vanguard with additional report from The Nation