The N5,000 “Compliance Fee” levied by certain Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) personnel at Passport Offices to assist passport applicants in processing their documents has been officially deemed unlawful by the Federal Government.
This declaration was announced by the Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, during an interview with Vanguard.
“Compliance fee? I am hearing it for the first time. We will plead with Nigerians to assist us to succeed. Do not pay compliance fee, if there is anything like that. Do not pay for your rights. There is nothing in the books that is compliance fee. Please, let us educate our people to know”, he stated.
Passport to heaven?
Upon taking office, the minister raised concerns about the extended lines at passport offices, expressing his dismay at the situation, which had seemingly turned into a situation where Nigerians were queuing for passports as if they were en route to heaven.
Emphasizing the importance of reducing the waiting time for obtaining international passports, the minister shared his personal experience. He mentioned that, even as a federal lawmaker and Chairman of the Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), his own daughter had to wait for six months to secure her passport, prompting him to contemplate the plight of the average Nigerian in such circumstances.
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