Jahiah Kaikai, Chief Immigration Officer

The just released Auditor General’s Report has pointed out massive corruption at the Sierra Leone Immigration Department.

The Audit Report revealed that One Hundred and Eighty-Five (185) passports were issued to none-deserving persons, which is in violation of the 1998 Cabinet Paper.

“Twenty-eight (28) Service Passport Application records were issued to spouses and dependents of service passport holders, which is in contravention of the provisions in the 1998 Cabinet Paper (with reference CP 98 45) on the issuance of service and diplomatic passports. In the same vein, 280 service passports were issued to people who were not in the public service,” the report further stated.

The report revealed that Two Hundred and Eighty (280) Service Passports were issued to people who were not in the public service.

The Immigration Department failed to submit a total of One Hundred and Two (102) naturalisation files for inspection despite several requests that were made by auditors.

And a reviewed of Twenty-Two (22) files revealed that only Five (5) applicants out of the Twenty-Two (22) approved persons met the criteria as stated in the Citizenship Act 1973 as amended in 2006 and 2017.

The AG Report also uncovered that the method of recording of revenue into the cashbook of the Immigration Department is not consistent with payment method into the Consolidated Funds (CF).

The report maintained that relevant systems and resources were either inadequate or not available in the management of passports and other travelling documents.

The report asked for a robust action to be taken in line with their findings and recommendations.

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