Reps task Interior ministry, NIS on prompt issuance of Passports

The House of Representatives has urged the Nigeria Immigration Service to, within 72 hours, issue passports to Nigerians who had fulfilled all the requirements.

This was sequel to the unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Ugonna Ozurigbo at plenary, on Wednesday.

Moving the motion earlier, Ozurigbo said that thousands of Nigerians that paid for passport were yet to be issued the booklet.

He said that the Federal Ministry of Interior, through the Nigeria Immigration Service, was responsible for the issuance and re-issuance of Nigerian passports to citizens.

According to him, the ministry liaises with the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company Plc and IRIS Smart Technologies Ltd for the production of passport booklets and allied services.

“I am aware of the persistent scarcity of the passport booklets at most Nigeria Immigration Service offices and some of the nation’s foreign embassies.

“ I am concerned that most Nigerians who have applied for passports and fulfilled all the requirements, are constrained to wait endlessly for the booklet, which ordinarily takes less than 48 hours to be issued.

“This situation is causing untold hardship on Nigerians with urgent need to travel out of the country,” he said.