The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has declared a state of emergency on passport issuance across Nigeria to ensure bottlenecks that impede the passport application process are dismantled.
This was disclosed by Caroline Wura-Ola Adepoju, the Acting Comptroller General of NIS, during a working visit to Lagos on Friday.
Adepoju said the declaration was to tackle challenges encountered by Nigerians in obtaining their passport. NIS spokesperson, Tony Akuneme, stated this in a statement.
Recall that the Senate had last month ordered its committee o interior to find out the reason for the delay faced in renewal and issuance of passports, following a series of complaints laid by Nigerians.
The statement read, “The Ag. CGI’s visit to Lagos encompassed significant events that underscored the gravity of the Passport crisis.
“She inaugurated a state-of-the-art visa-on-arrival lounge at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, demonstrating her commitment to improving the overall travel experience for visitors entering Nigeria.
“Following this, she paid an unscheduled visit to the Alausa passport office to assess the situation firsthand.
“In her address, Ag. CGI Adepoju emphasised the necessity to dismantle all man-made bottlenecks that impede the passport application process.
“She further stressed that the NIS top management is fully committed to addressing institutional and technology-based drawbacks to ensure more efficient and streamlined service delivery.”
It added, “The state of emergency declaration on passport issues signifies the renewed commitment of NIS to resolving the challenges faced by Nigerians seeking to obtain passports.
“It represents a call to action for all stakeholders to prioritise efficiency, transparency, and excellence in service delivery.”
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