- The awful sight of long queues of applicants waiting to obtain their passports at immigration offices has continued to be a cause of worry to many Nigerians
- Commenting on this disturbing issue, the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) on Wednesday, August 29, said that this can be avoided, if applicants use its online portal
- The NIS said that the federal the government has provided the e-platform to ensure ease of getting passport by individuals from any location in the country
The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) on Wednesday, August 29, urged passport applicants to use its online application and payment portal to avoid the stress and long hours of waiting to process their documents, The Guardian reports.
This came on the heels of the recent death of an applicant at the NIS Ikoyi Office in Lagos who died while waiting for his passport. Amos Okpu, speaking on behalf of the NIS over the ordeal usually faced by applicants at passport offices throughout Nigeria, said: “Applicants make the process difficult for themselves.’’
“This is because the government has provided the e-platform to ensure ease of getting passport by individuals from any location but many people still insist on coming to our offices for everything and this can be hectic.”
Okpu further said that most of the NIS offices are conducive for applicants who wait to collect their passports. Consequently, he advised applicants to make more use of the organisation's e-channel for effective delivery of service.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that not less than 34 Nigerians had been deported from the United States of America (USA). The deportees allegedly arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on Wednesday, June 20.
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The deportees which comprise of 32 males and two females were sent back home on various offences bothering on fraud, carrying prohibited items, impersonation, among other offences.
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