The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has said that the price of current passport booklet is no longer sustainable even as it awaits approval from President Muhammadu Buhari  to effect changes.

The  comptroller -general, NIS, Muhammad Babandede  revealed this yesterday in Abuja during the flag-off ceremony for capacity building programme on ICT for Immigration officers organized by Huawei

Technologies Co. Nigeria Limited.Huawei is  a global leader in ICT solutions and services and its telecom network equipment, IT products and solutions, and smart devices are deployed in over 170 countries.

Babandede attributed the delay and bottlenecks to the issuance ofpassport booklets to Nigerians in and outside the country, to the high cost of materials, which he said, is through private partnership.

“It is not easy for us to pay for the booklets because of the cost.

You will agree with me that air tickets have doubled in this country. You are aware that a lot of fees have changed but the passport fees have not changed. We cannot afford to service these passports with the current charges.

“We have written to the government, as soon as we have approval, we will be able to deliver the data bases but am telling you, currently, it’s not sustainable.

“It’s not sustainable because the prices are not competitive. These passport booklets are not handled by the government. It’s a private  partnership. The part government has is labour, providing the offices.”


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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