Nigeria Resumes Passport Services in U.S. after Internet Hitch

The federal government has resolved the passport production crisis in the U.S. as the three missions in the country have resumed passport services.

According to a public notice posted in the Embassy of Nigeria, Washington DC, all passport applicants scheduled earlier for biometrics are expected to come to the Mission on Monday.

Confirming this development, a source in the Embassy told the Newsmen that the problem was resolved over the weekend.

He said, “The system is back over the weekend. The experts worked tirelessly to resolve it, and we are back.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the problem was internet-related, not a server issue, noting that since the server is connected to the Embassy internet, anything that happens to the internet disconnects the other centres as well.

According to the source, the experts in Nigeria worked with local ICT experts in the Embassy, and they all worked together and were able to fix it.

According to reports Nigeria has three Missions in the United States. They are the Consulates-General of Nigeria in New York and Atlanta, and the Embassy of Nigeria in Washington DC.

The embassy in Washington DC, is the only passport production centre in the U.S., while the consulates take biometrics from their Missions and take the same to Washington DC, for passport production.

The Organisation for the Advancement of Nigerians and its 20 partner organisations in New York have earlier appealed to the Federal Government to provide passport production machines for Missions in Atlanta and New York.

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