In an effort to eradicate corruption from passport offices nationwide, the Nigeria Immigration Service has banned cash payments for passport processing.
The spokesperson of the immigration service, Sunday James, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.
James said the Comptroller General of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede, had directed that henceforth all payments for passport processing must be done online and through designated banks.
He noted that the NIS CG had, in a circular, instructed all passport control officers not to allow cash payments in any of the passport premises.
“All payments in respect to passport processing are to be done by applicants through banks to generate application ID and reference number on the NIS portal and not through an individual or touts,” James said.
James added that the NIS boss also ordered investigations into allegations of passport racketeering at some passport offices in Lagos with a view to sanitising the system.
advised applicants against patronising touts or agents in order to ensure efficient service delivery, and urged them to ensure that payment of all categories of passport processing fees were made online.
“Passport applicants are therefore strongly advised to visit the NIS website www.immigration.gov.ng to confirm the approved fees for all categories of Nigerian Passports and age groups before making payments,” he added.
He said the management of all passport offices have been directed to paste all information required at the premises to guide applicants in line with the executive orders.
He urged Nigerians to direct any complaint or enquiries to 07080607900 and the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.