Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede has expressed worries over the increase in fake marriages between expatriates and Nigerian, which he said is largely to avoid the payment of the $2,000 Residence Permit.
He spoke in Abuja on Wednesday at the unveiling of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) 2020 Annual Report by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
According to him, “despite several arrests and deportation orders signed by the Minister of Interior, he saw a sharp increase in December 2020 compared with previous months in the year. This is a call for action since a fake marriage will continue to undermine revenue, take away jobs from Nigerians and pose a security challenge to the country”.
On his part, Aregbesola, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, at the unveiling ceremony, reiterated governments’ commitment to making the Nigeria Immigration Service a world-class Migration Management Agency which can compete favourably with any of its counterparts anywhere in the world so as to enable it serve Nigerians and foreigners better.
He stated that he was particularly pleased with the verifiable data and information related to Border Management, Travel Documents, Visa Administration, Residence Permits, Enforcement and Compliance as well as Financial Reports, saying they were proofs of the commitment of the NIS and indeed, the Ministry of Interior to complying with transparency and anti-corruption posture of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration.
The Minister expressed optimism that the recent commissioning of the NIS technology building and the anticipated harmonisation of all databases on the operations and activities of the Service would enhance seamless platform for sharing of information with relevant stakeholders as well as making future Annual Reports more robust and impeccable.
While thanking President Muhammadu Buhari for the successful implementation of several initiatives and programmes by the Nigeria Immigration Service and other Agencies under the supervision of the Ministry, Aregbesola urged the Management of the NIS to circulate the 2020 Annual Report to all critical Stakeholders of the Service to sensitize them on the operations and activities during the year under review so as to give room for necessary dispassionate assessment of the Service which will expectedly provide a springboard for better performance in the years ahead.