The Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, has launched a 24 hours express passport-processing center in Maitama, Abuja as part of efforts to attend to applicants who need passports urgently.
Applicants can now obtain the express booklets within three days for N20,000 while those who desire to get the passport within 24 hours would pay N30,000.
The NIS Public Relations Officer, Sunday James, quoted the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola as saying the new express center would cater to urgent situations.
He said, “The opening of the center is timely as it has added value to service to Nigerians.”
Aregbesola also expressed optimism that the new initiative would reduce the number of people who visit NIS offices to apply for passports physically, leading to lower chances of contracting coronavirus.
Similarly, the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammed Babandede said the center was launched to resolve some challenges confronting passport processing in the country.
He said, “It will provide speedy and guaranteed service for applicants willing to pay premium charges.”
Babadende urged applicants to apply for passports online through the agency’s website or make payments at the designated banks.
The United States Embassy has warned Nigerians not to fall victim of a work visa fraud currently circulating on social media.
This is just as a fake press release assured Nigerians aged 40 to 55 of a new work visa if they meet some requirements.
Nigerians that are eligible for the purported work visa include health workers, engineers, marine workers, accountants.