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Ministry, NIS, should synergise to triple revenue

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The Ministry of Interior, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and Contec Limited, should redouble their PPP synergy at tripling the internally generated revenue base revenue for government.

It has become clear that Nigeria can longer afford to borrow money to finance its budget and infrastructure.

We acknowledge the importance of internal revenue generation to national development, and there is need for ministries, agencies and their private collaborators to be on the alert to block all channels of revenue leakages.

The agenda of the Ninth Assembly is to ensure that henceforth Nigeria no longer go cap in hand to borrow money to finance its budget and infrastructure development.

On the alleged abuse of temporary workers permit by some foreigners, it is worthy of note also that the rate of migration especially of Chinese citizens where there is outbreak of corona virus has been massive.

The Senate is of the opinion that NIS, while collaborating with its consultant based on PPP, has all it takes, especially with its infrastructure to ensure that every migrant into our country Nigeria are properly registered and documented under the Combined Expatriate and Resident Permit and Alien Card (CERPAC) contract project.

Just as we have observed with other MDAs during our public hearings on petitions, the leakages and attitude of many agencies of government have not put the consultants on the same page in harnessing the revenue opportunities for government, and this is exactly why we are here for both organisations to synergise to triple the revenue that  accrues to government.

It is therefore important that the current Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, should be on the same page with the consultant and the Immigration Service. He should give directives and make sure that leakages in the system are blocked because we believe in the Senate that the ministry has the potentials to triple their IGR through this CERPAC project.

Sen. Ayo Akinyelure, represents Ondo Central district, Ondo State.

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