The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has suspended the issuance of new passports between the 17th and 31st May 2021 to enable it to clear the present backlog.
This was disclosed via the Comptroller General of the Service Muhammad Babandede in Abuja at a media briefing on Innovations and Administration for Ease in Passport Issuance and Processing on Tuesday.
The directive, which took effect on May 17, was disclosed in an announcement signed by the Deputy Comptroller General, AB Yarima.
The announcement described the suspension as a vital step to ease the preparation for the commencement of a new passport regime.
“This directive, which comes into effect from today, May 17, 2021, has emerged as necessary to enable sufficient time to clear all backlog of applications sequel to the commencement of the new passport regime on June 1, 2021,” stated the NIS.
It added, “Consequent upon the foregoing, all PCOS are consequently directed to utilise this period, May 17, 2021, to May 31, 2021, to make certain that all backlogs are produced and handed over to command comptrollers for collection by individuals of the public concerned.”
All workplaces nationwide had been recommended to comply with the suspension of all applications till 1st June 2021.