Yusuf Bello| The Nigeria Immigration Service has placed an embargo on capturing and issuance of passports to applicants from today May 18th till the end of May 2021.
The Comptroller General of Immigration, Muhammed Babandede who made the announcement on Tuesday during a press briefing in Abuja, said the decision is to enable the service to clear its backlog, noting that it will no longer collect fresh applications until the backlogs are cleared.
This means that all passports in control offices are closed for applicants from today till May 31st and payments for passports will be online when the portal is opened which will be June.
The agency, also in a statement via its verified Twitter handle, said applicants who had requested passport booklets will be sent notifications to come for the booklets.
“All Passport issuing centres have been directed to clear existing backlog of applications on or before 31st May 2021,” the agency tweeted.
“To this effect requests for Fresh and/or Reissue shall not be entertained with effect from 18th May 2021-31st May 2021 in all Centres except for locations in the missions abroad.
“Notifications for collection of produced Passports are already going out to applicants who indicated functional phone numbers in their applications.
“Meanwhile, a new Passport application and processing regime shall commence by 1st June 2021.”