“The Nigerian Immigration Service has introduced some special compassionate measures for the vulnerable, especially those with health challenges, the elderly, the heavily pregnant, and those living with disabilities.” – Mrs. Rose Bukar
The International Passport Office in Ikeja, Lagos, has begun operations on Saturdays and Sundays to meet rising demand by applicants and clear existing backlogs.
The new Passport Control Officer, Mrs. Rose Bukar, disclosed this in Lagos on Saturday, November 13, 2021, that the extra days was to speed up service delivery to applicants.
“We want to ensure that applicants spend lesser time in processing passports.
“We shall also continue to initiate measures that will enhance smooth and fast service to Nigerians,” she said.
Mrs. Bukar also said; “This weekend, we witnessed an unexpected turn up of applicants, but we paid special attention to the vulnerable ones.
“The Nigerian Immigration Service has introduced some special compassionate measures for the vulnerable, especially those with health challenges, the elderly, the heavily pregnant, and those living with disabilities.
“In the last seven days, about 800 passports were produced.
“I am optimistic that with more capturing devices, the queue will gradually diminish.”
On the backlog of passport applications, she said that the office was getting to “a state of equilibrium”.
“The office has cleared passport applications up to those submitted in September.
“But I want Nigerians to understand that application for a fresh passport requires a minimum of six weeks; those seeking to refresh will have to give us three weeks,” she added.
Bukar implored Nigerians to always permit the service to carry out necessary investigation on the application anytime they came to apply.