The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Tuesday reopened its portal which had been closed for sometime for applicants seeking international passports, but warned those who may choose to engage the services of touts.
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The Comptroller-General of NIS, Muhammad Babandede, said there is no need to use touts as the process has become seamless for efficient service delivery.
Babandede warned racketeers and other officers in the Service not to do anything that will undermine the new reform.
In a statement by the Service’s Public Relations Officer, Amos Okpu said the new reform allows applicants for passports to apply and make payments for the varius categories of their choice.
The statement said the portal was opened last midnight.
Part of the statement reads: “The passport application portal will be reopened effective June 8, 2021 by midnight to allow eligible passport applicants to apply and make payments for the various categories of passports of their choice.
“The passport portal was closed following the directives of the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on May 17, 2021 to allow the service to clear all backlogs of applications that have piled up across Issuing Centres in the past few months.
“Upon successful applications, applicants shall make their online booking interview/enrolment appointment on any day, time and location they consider convenient.
“That the new timeline for passport production and issuance after a successful enrolment at the selected issuing centre shall be six weeks for fresh applications and three weeks for re-issue (renewal applications).”