Nigerian Immigration – To satisfy increased demand from applicants, the International Passport Office in Ikeja, Lagos, has begun operating on Saturdays and Sundays.
Mrs Rose Bukar, the organization’s new Passport Control Officer, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday that the extra role aimed to help applicants get their passports faster.
“We shall also continue to initiate measures that will enhance smooth and fast service to Nigerians,” she said.
“This weekend, we witnessed an unexpected turn-up of applicants, but we paid special attention to the vulnerable one.
“The Nigerian Immigration Service has introduced some special compassionate measures for the vulnerable, especially those with health challenges, the elderly, the heavily pregnant, and those living with disabilities.
“In the last seven days, about 800 passports were produced.
“I am optimistic that with more capturing devices, the queue will gradually diminish,” she said.Need Federal Govt Free-Interest Loan? =>See Here.
She said the office was approaching “a condition of equilibrium” in terms of the backlog of passport applications.
“The office has cleared passport applications up to those submitted in September.
“But, I want Nigerians to understand that application for a fresh passport requires a minimum of six weeks; those seeking to refresh will have to give us three weeks,” she said.
Bukar urged Nigerians to always allow the service to conduct the appropriate investigation on whatever application they submit.
“The Nigerian Passport is the security architecture of the person holding it; there is no short cut to these security checks. All Nigerians should take note of this,” she declared.