The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has extended the suspension of applications for passport booklets by one week.
The Service had, on May 18, suspended fresh requests for booklets to enable passport issuing centres to clear existing backlog of applications and was scheduled to resume by June 1.
In a statement released by the service spokesman, Amos Okpu, on Tuesday June 1, the agency said the congestion at its issuing centres will not allow the Service to accommodate new applications.
The statement read;
“This situation will not allow the Service to accommodate new applications especially considering our desire to ensure that people who come to our offices comply with all the COVID-19 protocols.
“Consequent upon the above, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has extended the commencement of the new passport regime earlier scheduled for June 1, 2021 by one week till June 8, 2021.
“The Comptroller General of Immigration assures all of full commitment to improved service delivery to all passport applicants and others.
“Passport Control Officers have been directed to continue to send out short message notifications for collection to all applicants who indicated functional contact details/numbers in their applications while efforts have been intensified to clear up the remaining applications in some Centres.”