Nigeria’s govt commissions new passport office in Lagos

The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) has commissioned a Passport office in Alimosho Local Government Area (LGA), Lagos State, southwestern, Nigeria.

Confiance News gathered from a Market Forces report on Monday.

It noted that it is part of its strategy to make passport administration seamless for Nigerians.

The report added that a statement issued in Abuja by Mr Sola Fasure, Media Adviser to Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said the minister inaugurated the office.

Aregbesola said the aim was to ease the increasing pressure on the three existing Passport Control Offices in Lagos State.

The minister added that the Alimosho office was mainly for passport application, collection of biometric data and eventual issuance, and not for passport production.

“We are also committed to expanding our passport issuance operations to bridge the gaps we face usually in urban centres like Lagos,” Aregbesola added. He said that NIS was working hard and raising its capacity to cope with the high demand for passports in the country.

“Applications have been increasing every year at an unprecedented rate due to the tendency of many Nigerians wanting to travel outside the country and those who want to use it as means of identification.”

Confiance News recalls that access to passports have been quite herculean for Nigerians who are hopeful that a proliferation of Passport offices around the country will ease the stress of getting passports.

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