The recent report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reveals that in 2018, the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) recovered not less than 453 victims of human trafficking and child labour also arrested 78 human traffickers.
Also contained in the report was that in 2018, N39.06 billion was the total revenue generated by the NIS as opposed to 2017’s N35.72 billion, depicting an encouraging progression of 9.34 percent.
Reported also by the NBS was that the NIS was able to unite a total of 423 victims of human trafficking with their families. Also, 209 irregular migrants were caught in 2018.
Among the rescued 453 victims of human trafficking and child labour for 2018, Oyo state had the highest number as 163 of the victims were rescued from the State. 94 were from Katsina while Kano had 58. Also from Oyo state was a total of 27 human traffickers, who were arrested. Lagos followed suit with 18 human traffickers.
Also revealed by the report was that 1,011,158 passport applications were received in 2018 unlike 2017 which had 720,958. This depicts about 40.25% of positive growth. Among the figure for 2018, 173,461 were minors, 779,905 were adults and 57,792 were senior citizens.
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 a 4.82% positive growth.
“A total of 4,529,153 international traveller’s movement was recorded across all Nigeria borders in 2018 as against 3,715,268 in 2017. This represents a 21.91% positive growth,” the report stated.
The total breakdown of 2018 revenue generated by NIS is N14.77 billion generated from passport revenue contrary to 2017’s N13.17 billion which represents 12.14 percent growth, similar to ECOWAS/African Affairs N126 million in 2018 from N65.3 million in 2017.
Others are 80.36 percent revenue generated from non-refundable revenue for operations to N306.47 million from N169.9 million in 2017 while address verification grew by 16.31 percent to N2.1 billion in 2018 from N1.78 billion in 2017.
Also, the revenue generated from Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card (CERPAC) grew by 6.95 percent to N20.35 billion in 2018 from N19.03 billion in 2017 while Extension of Visitors Pass (E-Pass) recorded a 3.62 percent decline in 2018 (N1.42 billion) from N1.47 billion generated in 2017.
The report also revealed that there was a retrogressive turn in NIS Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) as it fell by 100 percent in 2018 contrary to the N20.29 million made in 2017.