The House of Representatives Public Accounts Committee has faulted the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) for engaging consultants to manage visa and passport matters in embassies.
It summoned the Minister of Interior, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, the Acting Comptroller General of Immigration to appear before it on December 22 to address the issue.
Acting Comptroller General of the Service, Idris Jere, represented by Assistant Comptroller General, Budget, Olubusola Fashakin, appeared before the committee due to a query from the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation against the NIS.
The Chairman of the Committee Wole Oke said the situation was costing the country a lot of money and should be stopped.
Oke said: “We visited your embassies and the Auditor-General raised some queries on some missions so we visited South Africa and Atlanta, US.
“We discovered that Nigeria is losing serious money through your operations.
“You engaged consultants to manage your passports and visas platform.
“In my opinion, NIS personnel were trained to manage visa and passport matters. That is your core mandate.
“So, on what basis are you now engaging consultants? So what are you people doing in the office? So your men are idle, roaming the streets.