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FG Activates More CERPAC Centres For More FDI

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Posted: Sep 7, 2016 at 5:12 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Foreign investors with genuine interests in doing business across every part of Nigeria no longer have to waste time and resources in search of resident permit, as the Federal Government, through the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has inaugurated additional 28 production centres for the Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card (CERPAC).

This means every state in the country, except Borno and Yobe, has a CERPAC production centre, which allows expatriates and aliens to process their residence cards with ease. There were only eight of such centres servicing the whole country, until the latest approval.

Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), Minister of Interior, who inaugurated the 28 centres which included additional centre locations for Rivers and Abuja, said it is targeted at attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the country, with the hope of making the best of it.

“Since the commencement of CERPAC in 2002, only eight centres have been servicing the whole of the country. With the additional 28 centres, it only means that we are left with Yobe and Borno as the only states that do not have a centre. The reasons are obvious,” Dambazau said, while assuring that it would not take long before the two states are provided with centres.

Speaking on what the 28 additional centres would bring, the Minister said the 28 additional CERPAC centres will help in attracting Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) to the country, with the its attendant benefits.

“The approval for 28 additional CERPAC centres is in furtherance of our commitment to effective and efficient service delivery with a view to creating the enabling environment for attracting Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) with the attendant benefits,” he said.

According to Dambazau, the centres would tighten internal monitoring of foreigners while also creating the platform for transparency and efficiency of the business climate in Nigeria.

The 28 new CERPAC centres adds to the initial eight located in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Bauchi, Owerri, Ibadan, Benin and Makurdi.

As a step towards enhancing the operations across the country, each of the 28 new centre has been assigned a Hilux van, donated by the service provider, Continental Trasfert Technique Limited (CONTEC).


Dambazau explained that opening of more CERPAC production centres was to ensure adequate monitoring of foreigners and also to create enabling environment for prospective foreign investors. “It is also to actualise our dream of making CERPAC facilities more accessible for easy assessment for our stakeholders whose interest we need to protect,’’ he said.


The minister also stressed that, the effectiveness of the scheme is an attestation to the government’s resolve to partners with the private sector to provide a climate that supports transparency and effectiveness in the way business is being done as a way of providing the perfect climate for investors.


The Comptroller-General of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede, said that the new production centres were opened to take the operations of the NIS closer to the people who are in need of it.


He used the occasion to reiterate the commitment of the NIS towards ensuring that every facility under its custody is put into the right use.


He said, “We promise to make the best of the facilities for the CERPAC centre, as our guiding principle is to ensure that we leave the service better than we met it.”


Similarly, Acting Managing Director, CONTEC, Farida Ali, said the firm is more than ever determined to offer technical support and other supports to the NIS towards ensuring that services are delivered with efficiency.