COVID-19: NIS suspends processing of passports

COVID-19: NIS suspends processing of passports

- NIS has suspended passport processing over coronavirus outbreak

- The migrant e-Registration is also affected with the suspension

- Meanwhile, the Service would use the period to process all pending passport cases

The Nigeria Immigration Service has suspended the processing of passport and migrant e-Registration across its offices.

This is due to the current outbreak and spread of COVID-19, which has become a global issue that deserves urgent attention and approach.

The comptroller general of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, disclosed this in a statement by Sunday James, the Service Public Relations Officer, on Monday, March 23, in Abuja.

“The service has accordingly directed for the temporary suspension of processing of passport and Migrant e-Registration effective 23rd March – 23rd April, 2020 in line with government’s directives on restrictions on International Flight.”

Babandede said that the Service would use the period to process all pending passport cases, adding that the public would be informed when they are ready for collection.

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He added that the Service regrets any inconvenience caused the public within this period and assured Nigerians of its continued service delivery.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that people coughing or sneezing have been banned by the Bayelsa state government from boarding commercial vehicles as part of preventive measures in the state against coronavirus.

The state ministry of transportation issued the ban on Tuesday, March 24, in a statement.

The statement noted that all persons coughing or sneezing or showing any sign of respiratory infections are barred from boarding any commercial vehicle or boat.

The ministry also imposed a restriction on the number of passengers commercial vehicle operators are allowed to carry.

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It directed that commercial vehicles in the state should carry only one passenger in the front seat and two in the back.

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The ministry mandated commercial cars and buses to have wipes, tissues and hand sanitizers.

Legit.ng also reported that following a revelation that some members of the National Assembly failed to comply with the routine check at the airports as part of preventive measures towards curbing Covid-19, the ninth Senate has been thrown into anxiety.

The report stated that not less than 35 senators who returned from the United Kingdom, like their colleagues at the lower chamber, failed to adhere to the self-isolation guideline.

The senators, according to The Nation, attended a Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) seminar in London.

But upon returning back to Nigeria they showed up at the chambers and mingled with their colleagues instead of going on compulsory 14-day isolation to know their infection status.

Legit.ng gathers that the senators are members of the Senate committees on upstream, downstream and gas comprising two female senators.

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The affected senators were said to have returned back on March 14 and gone on normal legislative activities despite being told by the Senate president, Ahmed Lawan, to self-isolate.

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