Nigerian Immigration Service Boss Declares State Of Emergency On Passport Issuance

Following this, she paid an unscheduled visit to the Alausa passport office to assess the situation firsthand.

By Johnson Atoukudu:

On Friday, the Nigerian Immigration Service announced a declaration of a state of emergency regarding passport issuance throughout the country.

The Acting Comptroller General of NIS, Caroline Wura-Ola Adepoju, made this announcement during her visit to Lagos. The purpose of this state of emergency is to address the difficulties faced by Nigerians in obtaining their passports.

This information was conveyed in a statement signed by the NIS spokesperson, Tony Akuneme. In response to numerous complaints from Nigerians about delays in passport renewals and new issuances, the Senate had previously instructed its interior committee to investigate the reasons behind these delays.

“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,” part of the statement read.

The Nigerian Immigration Service states that the declaration of a state of emergency on passport issues reflects the service’s renewed dedication to addressing the difficulties encountered by Nigerians in their pursuit of obtaining passports.

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.

“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,” it added.

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