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Printing Nigerian Passport By Private Firm Outside The Country Is Abnormal – Reps

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The House of Representatives said that it was abnormal to produce Nigerian passports outside the country in view of its security features.

The Vice Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Timehin Adelegbe, said this at the public hearing on incessant malpractices associated with diplomatic postings and deliberate draining of resources on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said that the security features contained in the Nigerian passport should be guarded, adding that printing of a Nigerian passport by a private firm outside the country was abnormal.

He said that most Nigerians were not happy with the process and collection of passports, adding that it was high time the issue was taken seriously and addressed.

In his reaction, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammed Babandede, said it was his greatest desire to produce Nigerian passports within the country.

He said that Nigeria had 47 diplomatic missions across the world, adding that officers are only saddled with issuing visas and handling travelling documents.

Babandede added that fees realized from these were usually remitted to the Federal Government, adding that contrary to the $40 million generated in 2019, in 2020 it generated $20 million due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that the extra charges being collected by Nigerias foreign missions would soon be addressed, adding that it had been a big issue.

He urged Nigerians abroad to be orderly and responsible in their quest to obtain passports and other documents, adding that there was need to respect Nigerias mission abroad.

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