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Nigeria reopens passport application portal after 22 days


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The Nigeria Immigration Service has announced the reopening of the passport application portal 22 days after it was shut on the orders of the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on May 17, 2021.

In a statement released on Tuesday by the Service’s Public Relations Officer, Amos Okpu, the Comptroller-General of the Muhammad Babandede, warned passport applicants to avoid patronising touts as the entire process has been made seamless for effective and efficient service delivery.

Speaking further in a statement titled ‘Reopening of passport application portal’, Babandede also cautioned passport racketeers and defaulting officers within the service to abstain from practices capable of undermining the reform efforts of the past few months.

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The statement read, “The passport application portal will be reopened effective June 8, 2021 by midnight to allow eligible passport applicants to apply and make payments for the various categories of passports of their choice.

“The passport portal was closed following the directives of the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on May 17, 2021, to allow the service to clear all backlogs of applications that have piled up across Issuing Centres in the past few months.

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“With the reopening of the portal, a new passport application and payment regime have commenced.”

“Upon successful applications, applicants shall make their online booking interview/enrolment appointment on any day, time, and location they consider convenient.

“That the new timeline for passport production and issuance after a successful enrolment at the selected issuing centre shall be six weeks for fresh applications and three weeks for re-issue (renewal applications).

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“That no applicant who is yet to make online application and payment shall be allowed into any of the passport issuing centres for passport processing.

“Applicants will be contacted through email and phone number they provided during application when their Passports are ready. “