NIS resumes issuance of passports


The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, has ordered passport offices nationwide to release processed passport to applicants.

The Service Public Relations Officer, Sunday James, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Babandede said all passport offices should take advantage of the gradual easing of lockdown as directed by the Federal Government.

The immigration boss had during the lockdown period directed all the passport offices nationwide to clear all passport backlog for applicants enrolled for immediate issuance when the lockdown is eased.

“Applicants are to be invited in batches via SMS, anyone invited will show proof of invitation before they are allowed into the premises which must coincide with the date scheduled for the respective applicant to turn up and collect their passport.

Any passport applicant who did not receive SMS need not visit the passport office until they are invited via SMS to avoid unnecessary crowding and refusal of entry at the entrance to the passport offices,” the statement said.

The immigration boss also directed applicants to follow the NCDC directive on social distancing, wearing of face mask, washing of hands using soap, use of hand sanitisers among others at the point of collection of the passport.


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