Acting Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), says backlog, scarcity of international passports will end by March.

Written by on January 3, 2022

The Acting Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr. Isa Idris, says the backlog and the scarcity of international passports will end by March.

He disclosed this at a virtual media interaction that part of the measures of clearings backlog and curbing scarcity was the introduction of enhanced e-passports.

Idris also said that those experiencing difficulty in either renewing their international passports or securing new ones would be sorted as measures had been put in place to ensure its availability.

He observed that the challenge of delayed passports production was due to the coronavirus pandemic and the accompanying global lockdowns, including difficulty in accessing foreign exchange.

According to him, technology helps to address some of the challenges, including corruption and NIS has continued to stop personal contacts with our officials.

Idris said more booklets would be received soon towards clearing the backlogs and appealed to Nigerians to understand the service and stop engaging in last-minute application rush, saying applicants for renewal can apply for it six months to the expiration of their passports.

Anthony Samuel


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