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Nigerians to get passports within six weeks – Nigeria Immigration Service boss says

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Nigerians will now obtain their passports within six weeks, the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammed Babandede, has said.

Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service’s Public Relations Officer, Sunday James disclosed the news in a statement made available to journalists.

In the statement titled ‘NIS promotes senior officers,’ Mr James quoted Mr Babandede as saying: “With effect from June 1, 2021, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has directed that the issuance of passports to Nigerians will take a period of six weeks during which applicants must resolve their concerns with the passport office and the office must resolve their concerns with applicants.

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“If you submit incomplete documentation, you will receive a text message asking you to come and rectify the issues. Immediately you correct your documentation the six weeks start.”

Mr Babandede assured all Nigerian passport applicants that they will get their passports within six weeks. “If you don’t get it, hold us responsible,” he was quoted as saying. “If any passport officer fails to contact an applicant and the passport is not issued after the stipulated time, disciplinary measures will be taken against that officer.”

Source: Rauf Aregbesola

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