Capturing and issuing of passports to applicants has been put on hold from May 18-31, 2021 by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), in order to clear a backlog of unprocessed and unclaimed booklets.
According to the Comptroller General of the NIS, Muhammed Babandede, the move will enable the NIS deal with the backlog.
Babandede adds that NIS will no longer receive fresh passport applications until the backlog is cleared.
Payments for passports will be done online when the portal is reopened in June. In April, Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesolapromised widespread reforms in the passport application and issuing process in Nigeria, saying the entire racketeering and touting-laden process will be shortened to six weeks