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The Senate yesterday refused to give it’s nod to the Nigeria Immigration Service 2017 budget expenditure and resolved to investigate the revenue generation of the service.

The resolution of the Senate followed the consideration of report of the Nigeria Immigration Service 2017 budget which was presented by Chairman, Senate Committee on Interior, Senator Andy Uba.

The report of the Committee on Interior was prepared by former Chairman of the committee, Senator Thompson George Sekibo.

Senate discovered that some Public-Private Partnership contracts the NIS entered into are “endless” and without duration of termination.

Following unsavory observations by the Senators, the Senate resolved that a technical committee be constituted comprising chairman and vice chairman of committees on Anti-Corruption, Judiciary and Interior to be headed by the chairman of committee of Interior to investigate revenue and expenditure of NIS.

Others who should also be involved in the investigation include Ministry of Justice, Interior, Comptroller General of Immigration and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The panel was given a two week mandate to report back to the Senate.

However, the committee recommended that NIS Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement should be properly reviewed so that the Service will no longer be disadvantaged in the sharing of generated revenue.

The committee recommended the sum of N4,668,708,531.71 only for the NIS 2017 revenue/expenditure budget.

It said that there was a deficit of N332,708,531.71 only which is expected to be recovered from the accumulated surplus to be generated from Passport penalty charges at both onshore and offshore, verification of addresses and CERPAC (resident permits).

Senators who contributed on the report expressed worries over what they described as “lack of transparency and well documented budget report from the immigration Service.”

Senate President Abubakar Bukola ruled that “the report of the committee on Interior cannot be approved until they come to resolve all issues raised.”

Saraki expressed dissatisfaction over certain contract figures underscored by the report.

He wondered “how this can go on under a government of change.”

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