The Acting Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Isa Jere Idris, has blamed the delay in passport production on the linkage of the National Identification Number (NIN) with the passport details.
In a statement released on Sunday, May 8, Jere noted that the challenge of verifying NIN before the issuance of a passport plays a major role in the passport production line “and more often than not accounts for the delays.”
He added that the Immigration Service is working with the National Identity Management Commission to address the challenge, adding that passport applicants should ensure proper documentation and plan their travels ahead of time to allow for easy processes.
Jere reiterated that the NIS’ is committed to the consequence management mechanism, assuring that any personnel found to be undermining the reform efforts would be punished.
“There are instances where some applicants approach our platform with some conflicting data from their original records in our system and of course, such cases are often difficult to resolve quickly.
“The integration of the online appointment system with the existing online payment system, has restored orderliness to the passport offices to a large extent, as applicants can now make payment and choose the appointment date and time which is convenient for them, thereby reducing the time they would have spent at the passport offices as each passport office has been allocated with a daily appointment capacity which was arrived at, based on analysis.
“It is pertinent to note that between January and April 2022, a total of 478,650 booklets have been distributed across the globe, and I can assure you that more than 10,000 Nigerians have benefited from this initiative and it is still ongoing”.
Jere also said the launch of the enhanced electronic passport in some parts of Nigeria and the United Kingdom had helped to ease the tension created by the backlogs.