Immigration boss declares State of Emergency over passport crisis


The acting Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Caroline Wura-Ola Adepoju, has declared a State of Emergency over the crisis related to obtaining international passports.

Adepoju announced the declaration on Friday via an official statement signed by the NIS spokesperson, Tony Akuneme in Abuja.

According to the statement, Adepoju knew more about the problems Nigerians face in obtaining international passports, whether fresh or renewal during her working visit to Lagos.

“The Ag. CGI’s visit to Lagos encompassed significant events that underscored the gravity of the Passport crisis,” Akuneme disclosed in the statement.

“She inaugurated a state-of-the-art Visa on Arrival Lounge at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, demonstrating her commitment to improving the overall travel experience for visitors entering Nigeria.

“Following this, she paid an unscheduled visit to the Alausa Passport office to assess the situation firsthand.

“In her address, Ag. CGI Adepoju emphasized the necessity to dismantle all man-made bottlenecks that impede the Passport application process.

“She further stressed that the NIS top management is fully committed to addressing institutional and technology-based drawbacks to ensure a more efficient and streamlined service delivery.”

Akuneme said recognizing the importance of collaboration and community engagement, the Ag. CGI embarked on a grassroots sensitization initiative targeting traditional rulers.

She thereafter commenced this effort with a visit to the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, seeking the cooperation of traditional rulers in raising awareness about the menace of human trafficking and initiating joint efforts to combat this grave issue.

According to Akuneme, the state of emergency declaration on Passport issues signifies the renewed commitment of the NIS to resolving the challenges faced by Nigerians seeking to obtain passports.

He also said that it represents a call to action for all stakeholders to prioritize efficiency, transparency, and excellence in service delivery.

“Ag. CGI Adepoju had earlier directed all Passport Control Officers, relevant units and personnel within the NIS including our Missions abroad, to work tirelessly towards eliminating all hindrances preventing Nigerians from accessing Passports promptly,” the NIS spokesman stated.

Akuneme stated that the NIS is leveraging technology and instituting robust administrative measures to enhance the Passport application and issuance process.

He said that the Ag. CGI urges all Nigerians to remain patient and cooperate with the NIS as it takes decisive steps to address the Passport crisis.

“She assures the public that efforts are being made to ensure that every eligible Nigerian who requires a Passport can obtain one in a timely manner,” he added.


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