As a result of several complaints made by Nigerians continually with regards to passport applications, Nigeria’s House of Representatives has ordered the Nigerian Immigration Service to ensure that it clears all backlogs of passport application within the next 72 hours.
At the plenary session on Thursday, the lower legislative chamber also asked the federal ministry of interior to review its agreement with the passport printing company to boost the production of the booklets. Rep members frowned at deliberately taking advantage of the situation for passport racketeering.
The resolutions followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Ugonna Ozurigbo from Imo state.
This comes as many Nigerians have been lamenting their inability to renew their passports or get a new one because of scarce booklets both within and outside the country, delaying those who intend to travel.
Ozurigbo on the House floor, lamented the long wait for the international passport, saying it has brought “untold hardship on Nigerians with urgent needs to travel out of the country,” and breeding passport racketeers and promoting extortion.
The motion was adopted as the house also mandated its committees on interior and foreign affairs to ensure compliance and report back.