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NIS: Babandede mulls introduction of various visa categories

NIS: Babandede mulls introduction of various visa categories
Written by Maritime First

…Says NIS remits over N11.68bn, $22,972 to FG in 8 months***

The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) says it is working hard towards introducing various categories of visas, for the country as part of its visa reform.

The Comptroller General of Immigration (CGI) Mohammad Babandede stated this in Benin, noting that the visa categories being considered were visa for tourists, visa for retirees outside the country, who wish to retire in Nigeria and visa for incentive/investors.

According to him, “If you have money, genuine money, we are encouraging visitors who have intellectual capacity to assist in building capacity in Nigeria.

“If the visa is not going to break National security, good economy, we would encourage it to be delivered in a transparent way to cut corruption.

“We will ensure that Nigerians realizes that there is reforms based on the anti corruption strategy of Mr. President.”

The CGI who highlighted that the 2019 Comptroller General of Immigration annual conference did a lot of group work towards achieving the various reforms in the Service within the shortest possible time, added that there were some quick wins that could be done immediately, noting that one of such was in the area of passport.

“As a quick win, we promised to make the prices of passport available to the public to see and read the price and pay for it.

“One of the quick wins we have done is to standardise the operations of the passport, we want Nigerians to know the process of getting passport and visa on the passport.

“So it is not just the reforms, but what is in the reforms is for greater service delivery.

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“The important thing is that in each reform we do, we consider national security,” he said.

Babandede said that the current “Operation Swift Response” under the supervision of the office of the national security officer was intended to tackle border insecurity.

He said that the present borders’ closure has helped the Nation to curtail not just the people who enter, but also Nigerians who take the bush paths to travel without passports.

He disclosed that a month ago the NIS records showed that not fewer than 11,000 persons have been prevented from traveling out through illegal means.

The CGI added that the service also deported persons who were not supposed to be in the country.

Similarly, Mr Kayode Eniolorunda, the Comptroller, NIS, Edo command, said that the CGI conference was the most important event in the calendar of the service.

Eniolorunda said that this was because far reaching decisions and reform strategies were usually conceived and adopted during the conference, and noted that irregular migration like human trafficking and smuggling in persons thrive and was very rampant in the state.

He, however, said that e-registration would commence in the state before the end of the year as equipment and facilities needed were already on ground.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) says it remitted over N11.68 billion and $22,972 in eight months, into the coffers of the Federal Government.

The Comptroller General (CG), NIS, Muhammad Babandede, said this at the Comptroller General’s annual workshop on Thursday in Benin.

Babandede said that NIS was not only a key security agency of government but a service provider and a revenue generating agency.

“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,” he said.

The CG said that he was aware and confident that the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, would make a difference by renegotiating some of the PPPs.

He said that the annual conference had become a strategic event that afforded the service the opportunity to reflect on its activities and also chart a new path and evaluate strategies, polices and programmes.



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