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Passport: Production hits over 38,000 in 4 months at Ikoyi office

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Passport: Production hits over 38,000 in 4 months at Ikoyi office

By Bukola Adetoye

The Ikoyi Passport Office of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in Lagos State said it produced 38,280 international passports from June to October 2021.

The office‘s passport control officer (PCO), Mr. Ibrahim Liman, who is deputy immigration controller, made the disclosure in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Monday.

According to the PCO, 29,984 32-page passports and 8,246 64-page passports were produced during the reporting period.

Liman, while appreciating officers who sacrificed extra time to allow the passport office to respond to requests, said such a commitment would not go unnoticed.

He said officers were working 24 hours a day, every day of the week to ensure the applicants’ demand was met.

“This passport office, in its efforts to respond to applicants’ demand, has extended working days to include Saturdays and Sundays,” PCO said.

Liman urged applicants to be patient each time they apply for a passport, as the NIS must perform a security check on individual applications before passports are issued.

He explained that some challenges could hinder the timely delivery of some international passports to potential applicants.

“This included the disruption of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) portal, inconsistent details submitted by some applicants.

“The NIS should send the details filed by the applicant to the NIMC to ensure that they match the details of the applicant’s National Identity Number (NIN).

“Many applicants submit a date of birth that does not match the date of birth of the NIN. All factors, among others, are delaying the production of the passport,” Liman said.

Liman said the NIS will not relax in its efforts to ensure that electricity does not disrupt the operations of the office, adding that it has an inverter to allow the office to operate efficiently.

“This office also transferred the good gesture to the NIMC on the premises,” he said.

Source: NAN

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