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Read reasons why Nigeria Immigration Places Embargo On Capturing, Issuance Of Passports

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The Comptroller General of Immigration, Muhammed Babandede announced on Tuesday 18th May 2021 during a press briefing in Abuja an embargo on capturing and issuance of passports to applicants from 18th May till the end of May 2021.

He said the decision is to enable the service to clear its backlog, noting that it will no longer collect fresh applications until the backlogs are cleared.

This means that all passports in control offices are closed for applicants from today till May 31st and payments for passports will now be online when the portal is opened which will be June.

Recall that the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola had earlier given a six weeks timeline for passport collection.

“What we are driving at is the peace of mind that comes from the assurance of certainty. If there are circumstances that will make the date to change, it will be communicated to the applicant one week before the collection date”.

He noted that applicants will have no basis for further communication with officers, other than to complete their application process and leave the venue. The date for the collection of their passports or any challenge to the application will be communicated to them.

“The technology for the efficient running of this system has been acquired and will be deployed.

“We are publishing on our website the list of the backlog of passports that are ready which are yet to be collected by the owners. They will be required to go to the state commands to collect them.

“With these changes, it is my firm belief that we will arrive at a new dawn in passport application processing”, the minister added.

The breakdown of the current backlog is as follows:

Local: 71, 644

Enhanced: 46,814

Foreign : 17,906

 

 

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