The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Bello Dambazzau recently commissioned 28 Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Alien Card (CERPAC) Centres with a view to attracting foreign direct investments (FDIs) into Nigeria.
The centres, well structured, equipped and staffed with individuals having the requisite skills and right attitude will make obtaining entry visa and residence permit, among other things, easier for foreigners willing to invest in Nigeria.
Experts say it is particularly a healthy initiative especially as the centres are located across all the states in the country with the exception of Borno and Yobe where, understandably, the insecurity induced by the Boko Haram terrorists is enough to scare away investors – local or international.
Analysts are upbeat that with the Interior Minister’s commissioning of the 28 centres, it would appear the government has finally woken from a deep sleep.
It is hoped that the government would, therefore, use all its apparatus to make sure that the security of the nation and its inhabitants is not impaired through the 28 centres for Combined Expatriate Residence Permits and Alien Cards.