The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, announced the postponement of the new passport application scheduled to begin on June 1, 2021 by one week. The new date is now June 8, 2021.
According to a statement on Tuesday by the service’s public relations officer, Amos Okpu, titled Resolving pending passport applications. Babandede announced the news at the NIS headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday during a media conversation.
The statement read in part, “A huge number of applicants are already turning up to collect their passports across issuing centres and this is causing some forms of congestion.
“This situation will not allow the Service to accommodate new applications, especially considering our desire to ensure that people who come to our offfices 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 period shall be used to attend to applicants for collection, clear all the remaining backlogs as well as improve systems automation for the takeoff of the new Passport regime effective 8th June 2021.
The Comptroller General of Immigration assures all of full commitment to improved service delivery to all passport applicants and others.”