The Nigeria Immigration service (NIS) has urged Nigerians to stop giving money to officers when applying for an international passport. According to NIS, it is not only criminal on the part of the applicants but also wrong for officers to demand money to facilitate the process.
In an exclusive interview with primewave.ng, Amos Okpu, the public relations officer of NIS confirmed that a 32 pages international passport will cost only N26,000.
Okpu confirmed the steps while adding NIS remains one of the foremost agencies that embraced online applications and payment processes long ago.
“For instance, applications and payment for Passports are expected to be made via passport.immigration.gov.ng by the applicants themselves.
“This is intended to eliminate all forms of cash transactions and also simplify the process across our offices. I must note that we don’t yet have a perfect system but we constantly request our people to endeavour to follow the process we have emplaced. We also expect our people to make conscious efforts to plan their travels well ahead of time to avoid last minute rush.”
“At the moment, we have a Passport appointment system in place but you find mounting requests for waivers&of course, this will not allow for neat processes and procedures.”
How to report officers demanding money
Okpu further urged Nigerians to stop paying money to immigration officers and immediately report officers.
“The online process is there first to eliminate cases of anyone demanding any money. “Applicants who sit in the comfort of their homes/offices to apply&make payments wouldn’t be talking about frustration by anyone.
“However, if we receive reports about any Personnel collecting money, of course the rules will naturally be applied. Where it’s proven beyond a reasonable doubt, appropriate sanctions are applied. “Our complaints channels include email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; +2438021819988; twitter&facebook handles(@nigimmigration).”
Categories of passport and price
The categories of the passport are as follows: 32-page five-year validity (Adults and Minors); 64 page five-year validity (Adults and Minors); 64 page 10-year validity (Adults (18+) only) and 32 Page five-year Official Passport.