The Ikoyi office of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has included Saturday in its workdays to meet the demands of passport applicants. This means that applicants can now visit the Ikoyi office to apply and pick up processed passports during the weekend.
Complaints of the laborious process involved in applying and getting a Nigerian passport are not uncommon. Speaking to NAN on Saturday, Uju Grace, the public relations officer of the passport office, said office ran shifts to ease the burden and guard against undue backlogs.
Mannir Yari, the passport control officer of the Ikoyi centre, said the extension of workdays was part of strategies developed by the office to ensure Nigerians accessed NIS service delivery speedily.
“Ikoyi passport is where you can apply and get your passport in a week, in fact, our office has cleared all backlog of the old passport,” he said.“We are just waiting for applicants to come for collection.”
An applicant who spoke to NAN under anonymously commended the centre for striving hard to meet the demands. She affirmed that the collection process had become easier and better if compared to some years back.
“I advise the Federal government to employ more hands to meet these ever-increasing demands,” she opined.
“More Nigerians troop to this office to seek for passports, although the banks within NIS premises provide seats and conducive environment for applicants.”
Yetunde Maja, another applicant, decried the time wasted on queues to collect the passports.
“I was scheduled for Friday to collect my passport; however, I have been here close to three hours,” she said. Cable
Pix: Ikoyi Passport office, Lagos