NIS Embraces Online Payments for Passport Processing

In an effort to eliminate corruption at all passport offices in the country, The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has discontinued the use of cash for the payment of passport processing in its offices.
NIS spokesperson, Sunday James, made this known recently in Abuja.

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According to him, the directive was from the Comptroller General of the NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede.

“All payments in respect to passport processing are to be done by applicants through banks to generate application ID and reference number on the NIS portal and not through an individual or touts,” SaharaReporters quoted James.

The NIS CG has also ordered thorough investigation into allegations of passport racketeering at some passport offices in Lagos with a view to sanitizing the system. He said that the NIS boss had, in a circular, directed all passport control officers not to allow cash payments in any of the passport premises.

“Passport applicants are therefore strongly advised to visit the NIS website to confirm the approved fees for all categories of Nigerian Passports and age groups before making payments,” he added.

He also urged Nigerians to direct any complaint or enquiries to 07080607900 and the email address [email protected].

The NIS boss also vows to stamp out corruption in the operations of the NIS as part of efforts to reposition the Service and ensure efficient service delivery; while also advising applicants against patronizing touts or agents in order to ensure efficient service delivery.

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