Mission Impossible? Immigration To Issue Passports Within 30 Minutes From 2014

Mission Impossible? Immigration To Issue Passports Within 30 Minutes From 2014

By Felix Ojong | Sports Reporter on December 17, 2013
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FILE: Nigerian Immigration Service Officers on parade

Immigration will issue passports to applicants in 30 minutes, Minister of Interior, Abba Moro said.

The move which is part of rebranding the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) will help eliminate corruption, Moro explains.

The minister  spoke in Lagos on Monday December 16th, during the inauguration of an office complex jointly donated to NIS by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank) and Access Bank Plc, a  donation the managing director and chief executive officer, GTBank, Segun Agbaje, described as a testimony to the partnership between the private and public sectors.

He said:

“In line with the rebranding agenda, I don’t expect you to put obstacles in the way of people wanting to procure passports in order to extort money from them. Henceforth offences committed by touts would be punished by the service.

We are determined and if we develop the necessary will to do it, we would do it. That is the target of the performance contract that we signed with Mr. President.”

He also commended the banks for the donation.

The Comptroller General of NIS, Mr. David Shikfu Parradang, said the passport office  would continue to give qualitative service  to the people and put an end to extortion.

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