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Reps decries use of consultants by NIS for visa, passport

By Msugh Ityokura, Abuja
20 December 2021   |   3:02 am
House of Representatives has decried engagement of consultants by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to manage visa and passport related matters at the nation’s missions across the world.

[FILES] e passports Photo:NAN

House of Representatives has decried engagement of consultants by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to manage visa and passport related matters at the nation’s missions across the world.

It, therefore, summoned the Minister of Interior, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, and Acting Comptroller General of Immigration to appear before it on Wednesday to address the issue.

Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, Oluwole Oke, issued the summon on the affected individuals when Acting Comptroller General of the Service, Idris Jere, represented by an Assistant Comptroller General (Budget) Olubusola Fashakin, appeared before the committee, following a query from Office of the Auditor General of the Federation against the NIS.

Oke lamented the development, saying it was costing the country a lot of money and should be stopped immediately since there were personnel adequately trained for the same purpose.

He said: “We visited your embassies and the Auditor General raised queries on some missions. We visited South Africa and Atlanta, US. We discovered that Nigeria is losing serious money through your operations. You engaged consultants to manage your passport and visa platform.

“In our opinion, NIS personnel were trained to manage visa and passport matters. That is your core mandate. On what basis are you now engaging consultants? What do you people do in the offices? So, your men are idle, roaming the streets. This is not acceptable to the parliament. Something has to be done to stop the economic waste.”