The Nigeria Immigration Services (NIS) has said it generated an accumulative N74.8 billion revenue between 2017 and 2018.
The report by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Friday noted that the NIS generated N39.06 billion revenue in 2018 as against N35.72billion local revenue generated in 2017.
“This represents a positive growth of 9.34per cent,” the NBS report on Immigration services for 2018 disclosed.
Key revenue generated breakdown of NIS revealed that passport revenue grew by 12.14 per cent to N14.77 billion in 2018 from N13.17 billion in 2017 while ECOWAS/African Affairs accounted for N126 million in 2018 from N65.3million in 2017.
Others include 80.36 per cent revenue generated from Non refundable revenue for operations to N306.47million from N169.9 million in 2017 while address verification grew by 16.31 per cent to N2.1 billion in 2018 from N1.78 billion in 2017.
The report explained that 78 human traffickers were arrested in 2018, while 453 human trafficking & child labour victims were rescued in 2018.
According to the report, a total of 423 victims of trafficking in Person & Smuggling of Migrants Re-united and 209 Irregular Migrants Intercepted in 2018.
A further check revealed that Oyo state with 27 followed by LBPC with 17 the highest number of human traffickers arrested in 2018.
The same Oyo state has 163 human trafficking and child labour victims rescued as followed by Katsina and Kano with 94 and 58 respectively.
According to NBS report, “The Immigration Statistics for 2018 reflected that a total of 1,011,158 passport applications were received in 2018 as against 720,958 received in 2017.
“This represents about 40.25% positive growth. 173,461 of the 2018 figure are minor, 779,905 are adults and the remaining 57,792 are senior citizen.
“A total of 185,657 passports were issued at the foreign missions in 2018 as against 152,163 issued in 2017 while the number of visa issuance at the foreign missions was put at 120,697.
“This represents 4.82per cent positive growth. A total of 4,529,153 international travellers movement was recorded across all Nigeria borders in 2018 as against 3,715,268 in 2017. This represents a 21.91per cent positive growth.”