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Corruption At Airport: Immigration Officers Collect N5000 To Allow Visitors Who Are Not Immunised Into Nigeria

(By Chris K.Amadi) – In a country where so much is said than done, especially on the fight against corruption, another drama played out last Friday in Port Harcourt when officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Rivers State Command, were told at their 2021 sensitization and enlightenment workshop in Port Harcourt on Friday, how their corrupt activities are undermining the reputation of Nigeria.

Governor Ezenwo Nyeson Wike of Rivers State, who was represented at the occasion by the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo at the event, had recalled how a foreigner, who recently visited the State, had complained about how immigration personnel at the airport demanded for N5000 to issue yellow card to each traveller who didn’t have the travel document.

“The person was complaining bitterly to me that when they arrived, a desk was created to check whether they had a yellow card. And if you don’t have yellow card, you are expected to pay N5000.
“If you go to Rwanda, they will check your yellow card. But when they check, if you don’t have it, they move you to one corner and they have the doctor that will give you the immunisation before you enter the country.

“But, here, there are no doctors. So if there are no doctors and you won’t quarantine them (visitors), then you let them go. Paying N5000 to collect yellow card is the height of corruption”, the governor declared , even as he posited that Nigeria is on her knees at present because corruption has eaten deep into every fabric of the country.

The governor further stated that, since the attitude of immigration personnel at the airports often influence the perception of foreigners visiting Nigeria, all strategy and mechanism must be deployed to tackle corruption in the immigration service, even as he described the workshop’ s theme: ” Zero tolerance approach to corruption- A pathway to quality service delivery and attitudinal change” as apt, and that the fight against corruption requires collective effort of all Immigration personnel and Nigerians, because of its complexity and endemic nature.

In his remarks at the occasion, the Comptroller of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Rivers State Command, Dayo Idowu, noted that the twin vices of poor service delivery and corruption have grave consequences for the development of any society.

He said Nigeria was headed for the precipice before the government in 2000 established the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, (ICPC) and then the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, ( EFCC), in 2003 to tackle corruption in the country.

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