- The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) earned a total of N117.41bn revenue in 2017
- A breakdown of the report showed that the service earned N35.7 billion local revenue 2017
- The 2017 local revenue is about N2 billion lower than what it earned in the previous year
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) earned N35.7 billion from passport fees, residence permit, extension of visitors pass, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) address verification and non-refundable passport administration in 2017.
The service also earned $27.3 million as charges from visa and passport fees at foreign missions worldwide totaling N117.41 billion.
Daily Independent, however, stated that a report made available by the service indicated that the 2017 revenue was about N2 billion lower than what it earned in the previous year
NAIJ.com gathered that the service had earned N37.4 billion in 2016.
The breakdown of 2017 earning showed that NIS made N13.1 billion as passport revenue; ECOWAS address verification, N65.2 million; non-refundable revenue for operations, N169.9 million; address verification, N1.7 billion; CERPAC revenue, N19 billion; extension of visitors pass, N1.4 billion and other revenues, N20.2 million.
Meanwhile, in 2016, the service made N13.3 billion from passport revenue; ECOWAS address verification, N48.2 million; N169.5 million from non-refundable revenue for operations; N.3 billion from address verification; N19.9 million from CERPAC revenue, and N1.2 billion from extension of visitors pass (e-PASS).
In all, the service earned N37.4 billion in the previous year.
Besides, within the year under review, at least 1,344,318 Nigerians departed the country to various countries of the world.
The departure indicated that the number of those who departed the country increased by 11.11% when compared to 2016 figure, which was 1,209,897 persons.
The search for greener pastures, mainly by the teeming youths of the country as well as other factors such as education, pilgrimage, medical tourism, reportedly contributed to the increase.
Also, the number of foreigners who departed Nigeria within the period under review were 568,855, representing 16.8% higher than 2016 record of four 478,413.
In addition, in 2017, a total of 16,387 Nigerians were deported from different countries across the globe.
Out of this number, 5,908 were returned from Libya of which 3,100 were males, while 2600 were females and 208 minors were minors.
Also, another 3,836 Nigerians were deported from Saudi Arabia, which comprised 395 males, 2,331 females and 110 minors.
Deportees from other countries aside the aforementioned accounted for 6,643 comprising 3,939 males and 2,794 females with South Africa, Austria and Italy being the top three countries with 189; 171 and 158 Nigerian deportees, respectively.
In 2017, the service recorded a total of 3,715,268 international travellers’ movement across the various recognised Nigerian border control posts.
The 2017 number increased by a margin of 6.7% when compared to 2016 record, which had 3,482,125 persons.
Out of this figure, 1,802,095 travellers of both Nigerian and foreign nationals arrived, while 1,913,173 travellers departed through various recognised ports.
However, 70% of the figure was air travellers across the five international airports of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Kano while land borders recorded 25% of the traffic and sea border had just five percent within the period.
According to the report, 31,672 Nigerians were denied departure by the service, with over 70% of them from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, while 2,267 Nigerians were refused entry into foreign countries around the world.
Also, the service refused entry for 18,543 foreigners who had attempted to come into the country without required papers. Again, most of them were through the MMIA.
Within the same period, NIS repatriated 2,646 foreigners while it also experienced 66 stowaway incidents.
The report also revealed that a total of 720,958 different types of passport applications were received and processed across the 42 local passport offices.
Out of this figure, 127,882 applications were made by minors of age 0 to 17 years, 544,473 by adults of age 18 to 59 years and 48,603 by senior citizens of age 60 and above.
The report added: “There was a sharp decline in the number of passport applications in the year under review compared with 2016, which had a total passport application of 3,684,288. The reduction in the passport application in the year under review may be as a result of the scarcity of passport booklets and economic downturn in the country.
“The figure above indicates that adults of age 18-60 are the most seekers of Nigerian passport with 75.5% of total passport applications received across passport offices in 2017. Senior citizens have the least application of 6.74% of the total application. This is also a reflection of our demographic distribution, which has the youth occupying a dominant position.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that the federal government approved the promotion of 78 officers of the NIS attached to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos to new ranks.
The newly promoted officers were decorated with their new ranks by Odeje Usman, the assistant comptroller-general of NIS, Lagos Airport command.
Usman commended the comptroller-general NIS, Mohammed Babandede, and the board of immigration for granting the approval for the elevation of the officers.
According to him, this is the highest number of officers promoted at the command in a singular exercise.
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