Immigration authority requests govt for K30mil


THE Immigration and Citizenship Authority has requested the Government for close to K30 million for administrative and operational services next year, says chief migration officer Solomon Kantha.
“We requested for about K30 million to help us in terms of salary and in terms of operations as well. By Monday (today) we should be able to have the budget papers and know how much was allocated to ICA.”
Kantha told The National on Friday that the authority had been operating on its own funds.
“These are the funds which is a percentage of the revenue that we generate,” Kantha said.
He said as a government agency, “there is still a lot more we can do and the authority has a number of initiatives that it plans to roll out with staff welfare a priority”.
“We recognise that for our staff to perform to their full potential, their welfare is really important,” he said.
“It must be given priority, and that is why we are looking at certain initiatives to improve the wellbeing of our staff. We are the only authority that has the best arrangement to give the best medical service to our staff.”
He said the authority would focus on its home ownership scheme.
“A home is a really important security for staff. If the staff are happy, if their children are happy, they will perform at work,” he said.
“We’ve already started discussions and we are hoping that this process would be finalised soon.”