The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, has revealed why the National Identity Numbers (NIN) is compulsory for the issuance of enhanced e-Passport.
In a statement on Friday signed by the Service Public Relation Officer, Sunday James, the NIS boss said all applicants for an international passport must their NINs before their requests will be granted.
He explained that providing NIN by all applicants for enhanced e-passport would enable the successful integration of their NIN and Passport data.
Babandede stressed that all persons who already have their NIN and have been verified can apply and obtain enhanced e-passport in any of the NIS offices in the country.
He, however, noted that all intending passport applicants are enjoined to pay for passports on-line and to avoid patronizing touts for any Immigration facility.
The statement reads: ”In the above regard and taking cognizance of the on-going Industrial Action by the staff of NIMC, the Nigeria Immigration Service(NIS) wishes to make the following clarification: That although some NIMC NIN registration centers are situated within the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) formations, it should be noted that space was only provided by the NIS for ease of doing business through proximity and easy access to the NIN centers for only passport applicants and Passport related issues only.
“That it is not in the purview of NIS to issue NIN. As such all fees relating to NIN acquisition, change of data on NIMC platform or any other charges relating to NIN has nothing to do with NIS and therefore not party to the fees charge.
“That all persons who are already in possession of their NIN can apply and obtain enhanced e-passport in the NIS SHQ, Ikoyi, Festac, Alausa, Gwagwalada, Port-Harcourt and Kano main Passport Issuing Centers; subject to successful verification of the NIN;
“That other e-passport issuing centers where the old e-passport which do not require NIN are issued, remain operational;
“That any arbitrary charges relating to NIN or passport acquisition requested by any staff of the NIS should be reported to the following contacts:07080607900; 0814199908; [email protected];
“That a monitoring team has been put in place by the CGIS to ensure smooth operation in all passport issuing centers.”
Source: Naija News