Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammed Babandede, has announced that the issuance of passports will now take six weeks.
This development comes a week after the NIS shortlisted candidates for screening and possible employment into the Nigeria Immigration Service.
Babandede made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday while addressing journalist through the service Public Relations Officer, Sunday James.
The PRO quoted Babandede at the NIS headquarters in Abuja during a media briefing on Innovations and Administration for Ease in Passport Issuance and Processing following the decoration of 87 newly-promoted Assistant Comptrollers-General and Comptrollers of Immigration Service.
The statement which was titled, ‘NIS promotes senior officers’ reads “With effect from June 1, 2021, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has directed that the issuance of passports to Nigerians will take a period of six weeks during which applicants must resolve their concerns with the passport office and the office must resolve their concerns with applicants.
“If you submit incomplete documentation, you will receive a text message asking you to come and rectify the issues. Immediately you correct your documentation, the six weeks starts.
“When you apply, you wait for six weeks and you will get your passport. If you don’t get it, hold us responsible.
“If any passport officer fails to contact an applicant and the passport is not issued after the stipulated time, disciplinary measures will be taken against that officer.”
However, the Comptroller-General said that all passport applications all over the country are closed between May 18 and May 31, 2021, to enable clearance of all applications that were received before the 17th of May 2021.