- Senate has summoned President Muhammadu Buhari over e-passport deal
- It also invited four private companies involved in the deal
- It said that the companies were withholding a hefty percentage of revenue that would have accrued to the Federal Government.
The Senate has invited the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami; Accountant General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris; Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.); and four private companies to appear to explain a multi-billion naira e-passport production deal.
Punch reports that also invited are four companies engaged by the Nigeria Immigration Service in a public private partnership arrangement over the years.
The invitees are to appear before the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Alleged Misuse, Under Remittance and Other Fraudulent Activities in the Collection, Remittance and Expenditure of Internally Generated Revenue by Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
NAIJ.com gathered that a statement by the Media Adviser to the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Olamilekan Adeola, Mr. Kayode Odunaro, said they were to appear on April 6, 2017. The statement said the companies – Contec Nigeria Limited, Greater Washington Nigeria Limited, Newwork Solution and Investment Limited and Iris Smart Technologies –which were contracted for e-passport production, expatriate residence permit and alien card as well as other immigration services, had contractual agreements to perform some revenue generating services on behalf of the NIS.
It, however, alleged that the companies were “withholding a hefty percentage of revenue that would have accrued to the Federal Government.
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