The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has directed chosen passport workplaces throughout the nation to work on Saturdays with a purpose to clear the backlog of passport functions.
This is contained in an announcement made obtainable by the service’s public relations officer, Mr Tony Akuneme, in Abuja yesterday.
According to Akuneme , the comptroller-general of NIS, Idris Isa Jere, who gave the directive, additionally accredited rapid deployment of the passport controller in Ekiti to Jigawa, whereas the one in Ondo can be moved to its zonal workplace in Ibadan.
He mentioned the directive was to amongst different achievements, allow the service scale back the backlog occasioned by the 2020 and 2021 extended lockdown because of the COVID pandemic earlier than the 12 months runs out.
“The C-G has directed that passport workplaces throughout the nation with excessive quantity of pending functions to work on Saturdays.
“The period for this exercise is expected to be every Saturday commencing from December 3, 2022 to January 28, 2023 between the period of 10am to 2 pm,” the assertion mentioned.
It warned that henceforth, the comptroller-general would maintain passport officers accountable for any acts of indiscipline by officers below their watch.
He added that the controller basic had resolved to make passport providers obtainable and stress-free to the general public, particularly throughout the festive season.
“This is to boost our service supply to out esteemed purchasers.
“The Saturday proceeding the Christmas and New Year holidays are exempted.”