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Nigeria Immigration Receives 50,000 Passport Booklets, Task Force Sent To Lagos

The Nigeria Immigration Service has received a consignment of 50,000 passport booklets to address the backlog of passports estimated to be about 33,000 nationwide.

Our correspondent learnt on Thursday in Abuja that the passports were airfreighted from Malaysia into the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, last week.

Findings also indicated that the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mohammed Babandede, has deployed a task force to Lagos to clear the backlog of passports in the state.

This followed reports that thousands of Nigerians who applied for the regular passports in the state were unable to access them after paying for the document.

But a senior NIS officer who spoke on condition of anonymity informed The PUNCH that the special team would be deployed in Festac, Alausa, and Ikoyi to fast-track the process of passport production and clear the backlogs.

The team, it was gathered, arrived the state on Wednesday from Abuja with adequate number of passport booklets to satisfy demands and put touts operating in the passport offices out of business.

The task force was also expected to resolve complaints from members of the public and recommend for sanction immigration personnel found wanting in the discharge of their duties.

The team has two weeks to discharge its responsibility of ensuring efficient processing of applications and prompt issuance to applicants.

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