The Interior Minister, retired Major General Abdulrahman Bello Danbazau has warned corrupt officers and men of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to desist from exploiting passports’ applicants or else lose their jobs.
The minister, who sounded the warning while commissioning the second passport office in Kanoon Thursday, said he was aware that some officers of the service had developed the habit of collecting money from passports’ applicants when they approached the service to acquire new passports.
“You must desist from this ugly behavior if you want maintain your job. We know some of you are charging applicants extra money apart from the government’s approved fees. Henceforth, any officer that is caught in the act of exploiting applicants would lose his/her job,” he warned.
Danbazau commended Kano state government for constructing, punishing and donating the new passport office to the NIS, saying that Kano being the second largest state in the country after Lagos needed additional passport office.
He said the service had so far established 24 additional passport offices worldwide.
Speaking, the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede Hassan, said from 2007 when the e-passport was launched in the country to date, the service had issued 80,329,000.00 passports to Nigerians, while 6.1 million e-passports were ready for onward issuance to applicants.
Babandede said the commissioning second passport office in Kano make the total number of NIS’s passport offices across the world to 81 with 39 offices located outside the country.
In his remarks, Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, represented by his Deputy, Professor Hafiz Abubakar, said the new passport office was the 5th of its kind donated to security agencies serving in the state by the Ganduje-led administration.
Professor Abubakar expressed optimism that office would decongest crowd of passports’ applicants and ease processes for acquiring passport in the state.
He assured that Kano state government would continue to render necessary assistance to all security agencies serving in the state.
Source: Daily Trust