The cost of acquiring a Nigerian International passport is likely to rise in the nearest future, as the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, yesterday, said it had commenced the process to review the new charges.
According to the service, it is no longer possible to produce the passports at the current rates.
Comptroller-General of the NIS, Mr. Muhammad Babandede, disclosed this at the flagging off ceremony for the capacity building programme on Information Communication Technology, ICT, for Immigration officers, organized in conjunction with Huawei Technologies Company, in Abuja.
According to Mr Babandede, “It is not easy for us to pay for 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 things have changed, but the passport fees have not changed.”
He stated that Nigeria Immigration Service has written to the presidency to propose a hike and will proceed with a review of the price once approval is received.
This proposed increase, Babandede revealed, will enable the agency to deliver better service.