Mr Muhammad Babandede, the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), has reassured Nigerians on availability of passport booklets at Passports Issuing Centres in the country.
He gave the reassurance in a statement by the NIS Spokesperson, Mr Sunday James, on Wednesday in Abuja.
The NIS boss said the clarification became necessary following reports by a section of the media on alleged scarcity of passport booklets.He said “we wish to use this opportunity to allay the fears of passport applicants that the NIS is not experiencing any scarcity of passport booklets."
“This clarification becomes necessary to avoid unnecessary tension and anxiety among the populace, concerning availability of passport booklets.”
He said that the NIS as a matter of standard practice and procedure informed the public adequately on any scarcity of documents, including passports.According to him, any applicant who cannot be issued passport booklet due to any reasons, including scarcity of booklet will be informed in writing, in compliance with the Presidential Executive Orders on transparency.Babandede urged the public and passport applicants to disregard any rumours about scarcity of passport booklets and go to any Passport Issuing Centre to process their applications.