FG: No additional passport booklets shortage in Nigeria

There’s not any shortage of booklets once more for the manufacturing of passports in Nigeria, the Federal Authorities has claimed.

The Minister of Inside, Rauf Aregbesola, made the declare on the commissioning of the Enhanced Passport Manufacturing Centre in Port Harcourt, the Rivers Enlighten Capital on Tuesday.

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The newly commissioned passport centre will now be responsible for the manufacturing of passport calls for from Rivers, Faulty Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States.

“Now we agree with left no stone unturned in our quest to fabricate passports accessible to Nigerians.

“Closing yr by myself, we geared up 1.3 million passports to Nigerians. As of at the present time, there could also be not this type of factor as a booklet shortage in Nigeria.

“As of the 2nd quarter of this yr (in June), the NIS has geared up 645,000 passports out of the 750,000 functions obtained.

“To take care of the topic of the backlog, we now agree with obtained despatched 11,000 booklets to Ikoyi, 11,000 to Alausa and eight,000 to FESTAC centres in Lagos.

“Now we agree with moreover despatched adequate booklets to the entire centres nationwide to deal with this topic.

“There’s, due to this fact, no excuse once more for lengthen and non-issuance inside an low-cost size,” the minister was once quoted in a statement by Sola Fasure, his media aide.

The minister moreover urged Nigerians to continuously apply themselves on-line to guard away from being shortchanged by unscrupulous components.

“I’ll velocity candidates for the Nigerian passport to use early adequate sooner than their lumber date to guard away from decreasing corners and falling into the fingers of scammers and a few opportunists.

“It’s a methods a very grand moreover that they apply by themselves on the Nigeria Immigration Service portal and by no means by blueprint of touts and unscrupulous officers, which regularly deliver heartaches.

“Now we agree with geared up a window of six weeks and three weeks for brand new utility and renewal respectively, after biometric information diagram shut, at some degree of which size, a few points being equal, the passport will doubtless be prepared for sequence.

“This timeline is to allow NIS to research and validate the claims of candidates and confer integrity on the passport issued.

“It’s an low-cost provision in passport administration by world usual. There’s not any wait-and-bag passport supplier wherever on the planet. Basically the best wait-and-bag passport is a passport-sized {photograph} from a Polaroid digicam,” the Minister acknowledged.

Whereas talking, Governor Nyesom Wike, who was once represented by his Deputy, Dr Ipalibo Gogo Banigo, promised to proceed to crimson meat up the Nigeria Immigration Service throughout the direct, because it was once the coverage of his administration.