In her desire to stem the growing calls from Nigerians against illegal payments from men of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in the issuance of International Passport and others has banned any form of payment henceforth in her offices nationwide.
According to the NIS spokesperson, Sunday James in an interview with an online newspaper states that 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.
Continuing,he said the NIS boss had, in a circular, directed 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,” Mr. James said.
According to him, the NIS CG has also ordered an investigation into allegations of passport racketeering at some passport offices in Lagos with a view to sanitizing the system.
Mr. James therefore urged passport applicants to ensure that all categories of Nigerian passports fees were done online.
Also, Mr james said that a circular has gone to the management of all passport offices to paste all information necessary at the premises to guide applicants in line with the executive orders.
Moreso, advised applicants against patronising touts or agents in order to ensure efficient service delivery.