By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Thursday said it will commence gradual services on collection of cleared passport at the service headquarters in Abuja on May 4th with new enrollment on 18th May, 2020.
The Service’s Public Relations Officer, DCI Sunday James in a statement said the action is in line with the federal Government’s directives on phased and gradual easing of lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) from 4th may, 2020.
James said the Services are expected to Commence at all Passport offices across the country except states that were experiencing complete lockdown due to their peculiar situation as well as the state government’s position on COVID-19.
James, who stressed that only applicants issued SMS through their mobile phones were expected to turn up on the scheduled dates, added that the enrollment would be for only enhanced passports at the following locations that issued it, which includes Immigration Service Headquarters Abuja, Ikoyi, Alausa, Kano Main Passport Office and Port Harcourt.
He said on May 25, all Passport Offices Nationwide will operate a gradual processing and enrollment with strict compliance with social distancing, wearing of face masks and use of hand sanitizers.
“The whole Passport operation should be done in compliance with National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) standard.
” All services at our Diplomatic and Consular Missions will be directed by the respective Missions based on country situation.
“The Comptroller General therefore stressed that all Passport Officers, their staff and the applicants comply with NCDC standard to avoid further spread of COVID-19 from person to person”, he said.