NIS awaits FG’s approval to hike cost of international passport; insists current fee no longer sustainable

Posted: December 15, 2016 in general
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Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Wednesday, disclosed that it has concluded plans to effect an upward review of the fees charged for processing and obtaining the international passport.

According to the agency, it was only awaiting the final approval by President Muhammadu Buhari to roll out a new price regime for the travel document.

Speaking during the opening ceremony of a programme on capacity building in information and communications technology for NIS personnel organized by Huawei Technologies, Wednesday, in Abuja, the NIS comptroller-general, Mr. Muhammad Babandede, said the hike became necessary as the current fee charged was no longer sustainable.

“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 provide providing these passports under 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 I’m 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 arrangement. The part government has is labour and providing the offices.”

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