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Nigeria Immigration postpones application for new passports again

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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has postponed functions for brand new passports once more.

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This was confirmed by the Comptroller Common, Muhammad Babandede, on Tuesday.

It was earlier slated to start on June 1, 2020, however the brand new date will now be June 8, 2021.

In response to a press release by NIS Public Relations Officer, Amos Okpu, Babandede was quoted as making the announcement on the NIS headquarters in Abuja throughout a media chat.

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The assertion learn partially, “An enormous variety of candidates are already turning as much as gather their passports throughout issuing centres and that is inflicting some types of congestion.

“This case won’t permit the Service to accommodate new functions particularly contemplating our want to make sure that individuals who come to our places of work adjust to all of the COVID-19 protocols.

“Consequent upon the above, the Minister of Inside, Rauf Aregbesola, has prolonged the graduation of the brand new passport regime earlier scheduled for June 1, 2021 by one week until June 8, 2021.

“The interval shall be used to take care of candidates for assortment, clear all of the remaining backlogs in addition to enhance programs automation for the take-off of the brand new passport regime efficient eighth June 2021.

“The Comptroller Common of Immigration assures all of full dedication to improved service supply to all passport candidates and others.”

Recall that the NIS introduced on Could 17, 2021, that it was halting functions and processing of latest passports till Could 31, 2021.

The transfer was to permit for the clearance of backlog from all native and overseas passport functions acquired earlier than Could 17, 2021.

Babandede additionally revealed {that a} complete of 230,500 functions have been cleared and the passports produced.

Out of this, a complete variety of 43,350 are but to be collected.

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