The Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS is soon going to Sign a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU with the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC to curb the delay in passport production.
Speaking at a Radio Programme, ‘Immigration and You’ on Human Rights 101.1 Radio, the Service Public Relations Officer, Deputy Comptroller of Immigration, Tony Akuneme said the delay experienced in passport production is mostly caused by non matching details of applicants.
DCI Akuneme emphasized that the New Passport Reform involves linking details of applicants on both the NIS and NIMC servers, as a means of ensuring that the details of applicants are linked together.
Adding that, soon an MoU will be signed by NIS and NIMC where applicants will not be able to make payments when applying for their passport if their details are not aligned , stressing that it would reduce the complaints caused as a result of the delays in passports production and collection.
“As part of the Passport Reforms of the Comptroller General of Immigration, Mr Isah Idris Jere, MFR the Service is opening Front Offices in different locations in Nigeria. This is a way of bringing the Service down to the grassroots where citizens can easily access the services in terms of passport’s applications and capturing.
DCI Akuneme applauded the Brekette Family for coming up with the programme as it has helped in bridging the gap between NIS and citizens of Nigeria both at home and in the diaspora most especially Nigerians who were finding it difficult to apply for and get their international passport and other travel documents.
On his part, Consultant Iyke of the Brekette Family thanked the Spokesperson of the NIS and his team as well as the Nigeria Immigration in general for the reforms and upgrading of the Service.
Adding that before now, people call in to complain about the immigration services in Nigeria and in the diaspora but just recently there has been more of commendation than complaints.
He urged the SPRO Team to continue in keeping the public informed as well as continue in this tempo.