Immigration Service (NIS) has announced that the issuance and issue of foreign
passports to applicants nationally has begun following the incremental easing
of limitations on travel by the federal government.
signed yesterday by the NIS Public Relations Officer, Sunday James, the phased
resumption of operations affecting the public, such as the issuance of
passports to those who were apprehended previous to the lock-up, is solely on
the request of passport officers.
that in order to clear the backlog, giving credence to improved service
delivery and satisfaction, those whose passports are ready for pick-up would be
invited through Short Messages Service (SMS), to come and get the document,
therefore, admittance into the passport premises is strictly by invitation
that did not receive an SMS invitation need not go to the passport office to
avoid denial of entry. The service looks forward to the cooperation of all
practice, for now, is that, in states where the restriction of movement has
been eased and people have easy movement, applicants are invited through SMS
and given a date to report for the collection of their passport.
the crowd and the large attendance seen in passport offices in the past. The
program aims to retain a comprehensive and improved structure and protocols to
provide a smooth, self-serving and monitoring mechanism for clients under the
applicants are advised to conform strictly to the National Center for Diseases
Control (NCDC) policy of social and physical distancing, hand washing with soap
and water at the entrance to the passport office, usage of hand sanitizers and
using a face mask while entering either of the passport offices on request.