The Passport Controller, Lagos Passport Advise, Milka Musa, on Monday said that about 13,800 passports remained uncollected at the Lagos passport locations of work.
Mrs Musa, a Controller of Immigration, informed the Files Company of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that about 12,300 were uncollected at Ikoyi passport area of enterprise, while 1500 were at the Festac area of enterprise, adding that a-yet-to-be ascertained series of passports, furthermore remained uncollected at the Ikeja passport area of enterprise.
The passport controller appealed to applicants, who had utilized in any of the passport locations of work sooner than September, 2021, to have a study their respective area of enterprise of application for series.
She further confirmed that the Passport Alter Officer ( PCO) to blame of every of the locations of work had sent text messages as a reminder to applicants involved.
“Nonetheless, basically based completely completely on the volume of the uncollected passports, I mediate the applicants had forgotten they utilized for a passport. And these is most likely the category of applicants who were in haste after they got here to practice.
“The Nigerian Immigration Carrier (NIS) is attention-grabbing to these applicants to reach assist and bag their passports,” she said.
The controller further appealed to applicants to boost the service in its operations, to pink meat up optimum service provide, announcing, “There are series of safety checks that should always be done on every applicant sooner than the passport can be issued.
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“Nigerians might perhaps fair peaceable discontinue being in a haste after they reach to practice for passports, since the series of operations and safety checks involved sooner than issuance might perhaps perhaps no longer be done in seconds.
“The NIS, under the peep of the brand new Acting Alter Classic of Immigration Carrier, ( ACGIS), Mr Idris Jere, would no longer relent in its efforts at offering gracious providers to Nigerians,” Mrs Musa said.
She defined that the scarcity of passports witnessed earlier used to be introduced about by the COVID-19 pandemic, which had introduced about the realm to face peaceable as ”all sectors were locked down”.
“Nonetheless, when the lockdown used to be eased, what the NIS witnessed used to be a geometrical insist in passport functions, she said.
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