NIS denies allegation of shortage of passport booklets
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has denied the allegation of shortage of passport booklets in the country.
Nigerian passport booklets Journalists that there have been complaints by some Nigerians over their inability to get the passport booklets from the NIS.
Sources at the NIS headquarters in Abuja, revealed that applicants were seen waiting to collect their booklets.
Meanwhile, the NIS Public Relations Officer, Mr Sunday James, while denying the allegation on Tuesday said that a large number of applicants at the headquarters was the reason why the process became cumbersome. “The pressure at the headquarters is what people are amplifying and not that there is any reality.
“The pressure is so enormous. Everybody wants to come to his friend for a passport and the Comptroller-General had insisted that there shouldn’t be friends in this passport business.
“Some Nigerians want it immediately and so they seek the services of touts,” James said.
James told reporters that the passport was a document of the Federal Government which was to be issued to qualified Nigerians, and as such there was no reason why citizens should not get the booklet. “If you know you are qualified why should you look for somebody. “This is what is causing this problem and they end up entering into the wrong hands.
“We are discouraging this,” he said. He noted that the
Comptroller-General had directed that every passport office in the country
should be supplied with adequate booklets.