Immigration Urges Applicants To Claim 29,095 Uncollected Passports

Immigration Urges Applicants To Claim 29,095 Uncollected Passports
  • PublishedSeptember 28, 2022

The Passport Control Officer, Ikoyi, Deputy Comptroller of Immigration, O. O Ayegbusi, has revealed that not less than 29,095 passports remained uncollected at the passport office, urging applicants to come for the collection.

The PCO, speaking on Tuesday, said passports of applicants who had applied before July 2022 were available for collection.

Ayegbusi noted that the Ikoyi passport office had cleared the backlog from 2021 as it now produces an average of 500 passports daily.

He further explained that the office had produced 8,152 passports of 32 pages and 1,339 passports of 64 pages between August and September.

The PCO maintained that the office can produce 30,000 passports monthly depending on the availability of booklets.

He said, “We can produce 30,000 passports in a month subject to the availability of the booklets. If we have the booklets, we would do it.

“If you get to the issuance section now, you will see a lot of people there, because we are producing every day an average of about 500 to 700.”

The PCO, however, lamented that applicants are not getting the text messages informing them about their passports because they employed the services of third parties during registration.

He stressed that he had warned his officers against personalising applicants’ files or turning applicants to their clients.

He noted that the Immigration service is committed to the reform initiatives of the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.

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