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38,051 foreigners applied for Nigerian citizenship in 2 years ― Interior Ministry

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The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Belgore, has disclosed that it received a total of 38,051 Citizenship applications and 45,751 Business applications from September 2018 to October 2020.

Mr Belgore made this known on Wednesday in Abuja at the 4th Quarter 2020 Public-Private Partnership, PPP, Units’ Consultative Forum of all Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, hosted by the Ministry.

According to a statement by the Ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Mr Mohammed Manga, the Per Sec stressed the importance of PPP, saying that the initiative led to improvement in income generation for government by the Ministry.

Mr Belgore, therefore, called on the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, to consider professionalisation of the PPP Unit in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies the MDAs of the Federal Government.

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The call, he said, has become necessary especially with the infrastructure gap bedevilling the country as well as to ensure continuity, reduce public sector administrative cost, allows for shared risk, reduce the problem of public sector budget constraints and to also provide for easy monitoring of PPP projects across the country.

In her remarks, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, urged all the MDAs of the Federal Government to be proactive in handling PPP projects and to also ensure focus on projects that would generate high returns on investments.

This, she said, would plough back the profits generated to the economy.

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The head of service, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties Office, Mrs Ibiene P. Roberts, urged MDAs to review the projects that had been lingering for too long and identify challenge areas that the forum can be of assistance.

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