2017 Budget: Senate probes alleged abuses in NIS revenue, expenditure


The Senate on Wednesday said it would probe the activities of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), over allegations of gross abuses.

That was after expressed worry over the findings by its committee on interior, which considered its (NIS) 2017 budget.

According to Senate President Bukola Saraki, “We cannot continue with this kind of nonsense. How can this be going on in a government of change? The report of the committee on interior would not be approved until they resolve the issues raised,” he said.

The committee findings indicated that service providers at the NIS take away over 70 per cent of the revenues generated through its facilities.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Interior, Andy Uba told the Senate that the committee also discovered that some public-private partnership contracts entered by the NIS did not indicate when the contracts would terminate.

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Also, the Vice Chairman, Usman Bayero Nafada, said the contractors claimed that they had no business with the Senate since they did not enter into contract with it.

It resolved that a panel be established to investigate the matter and report back in two weeks.

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