The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has suspended the processing of new passports until Tuesday, June 1, 2021. This is to allow enough time to clear all the backlog of applicants as directed by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
This was announced in a statement dated Monday, May 17 and signed by AB Yarima, Deputy Controller General.
”This directive, which comes into effect from today, May 17, 2021, has become necessary to allow enough time to clear all the backlog of applicants sequel to the commencement of new passport regime on June 1 2021,” the document stated.
The Deputy Controller General also urged all passport control offices to make use of the period to ensure it clear all outstanding passport processing.
”consequently upon the forgoing, all PCOs are therefore directed to utilize this period, May 17, 2021, to May 31, 2021, to ensure that all backlogs are produced and handed over to command controllers for collection by members of the public concerned.”
The statement added that new applications for passports, ”whether fresh or renewal are by this circular suspend till June 1, 2021.”