Immigration declares state of emergency on passport processing

Acting Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Caroline Wura-Ola Adepoju, has declared a state of emergency on Passport issuance to address challenges faced by Nigerians in obtaining the document.

Making the announcement via a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Service in Abuja, Adepoju said the declaration became necessary to emphasize the urgent need to address the challenges through a comprehensive plan of action.

The statement added: “The state of emergency declaration on Passport issuance signifies the renewed commitment of NIS to resolving the challenges faced by Nigerians seeking to obtain passports.

“It represents a call to action for all stakeholders to prioritize efficiency, transparency, and excellence in service delivery.

“Adepoju had earlier directed all Passport Control Officers (PCOs), relevant units, and personnel within the NIS including our Missions abroad to work tirelessly towards eliminating all hindrances preventing Nigerians from accessing Passports promptly. The NIS is leveraging technology and instituting robust administrative measures to enhance the Passport application and issuance process.

“The Ag. CGI urges all Nigerians to remain patient and cooperate with the NIS as it takes decisive steps to address the Passport crisis. She assures the public that efforts are being made to ensure that every eligible Nigerian who requires a Passport can obtain one in a timely manner.”

The acting CGI, who visited Lagos recently, had inaugurated a state-of-the-art Visa on Arrival Lounge at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport to demonstrate her commitment to improving the overall travel experience for visitors entering Nigeria.

Adepoju had also paid an unscheduled visit to the Alausa Passport Office for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.

At the palace of the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, whom she also visited, the immigration boss stressed the importance of collaboration and community engagement in raising awareness about the menace of human trafficking.

She called for the cooperation of traditional rulers in initiating joint efforts to combat the malaise.

By Tina Abeku, Abuja

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