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Reps take major action, give immigration 72 hours to make passports available

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The House of Representatives have given 72 hours ultimatum to the Nigerian Immigration Service to resume issuing passports to Nigerians.

The lawmakers disclosed this at its Plenary session on Thursday, April 29, after a motion by Rep. Ugonna Ozurigbo on Wednesday, as the House complained that Nigerians who have paid for passports are yet to be issued a booklet.

Ugonna Ozurigbo said: “I am aware of the persistent scarcity of the passport booklets at most Nigeria Immigration Service offices and some of the nation’s foreign embassies.

“I am concerned that most Nigerians who have applied for passports and fulfilled all the requirements are constrained to wait endlessly for the booklet, which ordinarily takes less than 48 hours to be issued.

“This situation is causing untold hardship on Nigerians with an urgent need to travel out of the country.”

On his part, the speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, ordered the committees on Interior and Foreign Affairs to ensure compliance as the House of Reps ordered the Federal Ministry of Interior and the Nigeria Immigration Service to review its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company Plc and IRIS Smart Technologies Ltd in a bid to ensure Nigerians get their passports in 24 hours after applying.

 

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