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Reps Vow To Probe Nis For Outsourcing Travel Documents

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BEVERLY HILLS, March 07, (THEWILL) – House Committee on Interior on Monday unveiled its plan to probe the contracts awarded by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) under the public private partnership (PPP) on the issuance of travel documents, including international passports.

Adams Jagaba, chairman of the Committee, gave the information at the National Assembly complex, Abuja, while briefing Legislative Correspondents on the activities of the Committee.

According to Jagaba, the intent of the investigative hearing was to vet “all agreements entered into by Federal Ministry of Interior with any company or persons on any matter relating to the issuance of travel documents including international passports, residence permits and border surveillance and patrol.”

Jagaba said “the public hearing is to expose individuals and organisations that have short-changed Nigerians in the process of obtaining travelling documents.”

“Some of the people invited to mandatorily attend and make presentation” at the two-day public hearing slated for March 22 and 23, include: Comptroller-General of NIS, management team of five money banks – Zenith, Skye, Sterling, UBA and First Bank.

“Others contractors invited are: management team of National e-Government Limited, CONTEC, IPTELCOM Network Limited, Greater Washington, Messrs Vlata Com Limited, Imperial Network Limited, New Work Solution Inv. Limited, Iris Smart Technologies Limited, and Soket Works Limited.

He explained that the committee was mandated to carry out forensic investigation into the alleged fraudulent process of issuing a travelling document by the agency.

He said the resolution passed by the House involved probe of public private participation in the issuance of international passports, residence permit and border surveillance and patrol.

The lawmaker, who warned against non-appearance by various stakeholders, threatened to invoke extant laws within its powers to ensure compliance.

Story by David Oputah