Nigeria Immigration Service Orders Investigation into Non-Compliance With 2-Week Passport Processing Time

 

“During a visit to the immigration office on October 11, FIJ sighted passport confirmation slips with collection dates as long as six months, in contradiction to the two-week timeline directive of Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, the minister of interior, as well as the formerly held six-week timeline for the issuance of fresh passports.”

*Mrs Adepoju Wuraola NIS Comptroller-General

PEGASUS REPORTERS, LAGOS | OCTOBER 15, 2023

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Comptroller-General, Caroline Wura-Ola Adepoju, has ordered a probe into the violation of ministerial directives on the new time frame of passport issuance after FIJ’s Story.

Adepoju disclosed this in a press release signed by Aridegbe Adedotun, the service’s public relations officer, on Friday.

“The comptroller general of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Caroline Wura-Ola Adepoju, pcc+, fsi, has received with deep concern some complaints of misconduct leveled against our personnel in some passport offices across the nation.

“The comptroller general has ordered an investigation into the matter, especially as regards the noncompliance with ministerial directives on the timeline of passport administration,” the statement read in part.

This development follows FIJ’s report revealing the non-implementation of the minister’s two-week passport issuance directive at the immigration office in Alausa, Lagos State.

During a visit to the immigration office on October 11, FIJ sighted passport confirmation slips with collection dates as long as six months, in contradiction to the two-week timeline directive of Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, the minister of interior, as well as the formerly held six-week timeline for the issuance of fresh passports.

FIJ also found that bribery was still the most prominent means to be assured of prompt service delivery.

As a result, the NIS has called on the general public to report any such misdemeanors to the service on +234 802 832 0751 and +234 806 776 1196.

Passport applicants have also been advised to avoid patronizing individuals or entities that request cash payments for passport services.

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One comment

  1. Immanuel T.Ededey

    That’s the usual story. Minister will give directives, comptroller will give its own. Both will come back to blame their officials who fronts for higher authorities.
    Helpless applicants patronises touts who also work for other officials. Probe or no probe, even if anyone is indicted and as the matter dies down, the old way comes back.

    Except there’s a total cleansing in that ministry, the agelong syndicates that makes huge money there will never let go easily. It’s going to be very hard to handle. They are well syndicated.