The acting comptroller general of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr. Isah Idris, has directed the clearance of all existing backlog of passport applications at the Ikoyi Passport Office in Lagos.
Spokesman for the service, Mr. Amos Okpu who disclosed this in a statement said the CG had consequently, sent a special task force to the state for the assignment.
He said Idris took the step after he received reports about delays being experienced by some applicants who applied for Passports at the Ikoyi Passport Office in Lagos.
Okpu further stated that the task force had arrived in Lagos and commenced the exercise to ensure that all outstanding passport applications are sorted out within the week.
Recall that upon assumption of office, the acting CG promised to deepen the passport issuance reform efforts to ensure seamless Passport issuance processes across issuing centres.
“He wishes to use this opportunity to assure Passport applicants who have been enrolled into the Passport system in Ikoyi Lagos that the Team shall commence issuance of notifications for collection to applicants whose Passports are ready.
“He assured that some drastic changes will be made in the Station to improve the quality of service delivery,” Okpu said.
He added that the acting CG further appealed to prospective passport applicants to endeavour to visit the NIS to apply and make payment for the passport categories of their choice and avoid patronising anybody who would ask them to make any cash payments for passports.