The Niger State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has said there is no scarcity of passport booklets in the state.
The NIS Comptroller of Niger State Command, Samuel Nongo, who told reporters in Minna on Wednesday, said the Command has issued over 5,000 passport booklets from March 2022 to date.
According to him, 3,000 passport booklets were produced for those going for the Hajj operations, adding that there are only 500 pending passport applications as of the time of the briefing.
Nongo stated that now that the rush for Hajj is over, the command has commenced work on the pending passports and the applicants would receive them within the stipulated time of six weeks for fresh passports and three weeks for passport renewal.
The comptroller stated that the Nigeria Immigration Service has reduced interactions among officers and applicants in a bid to stop passport racketeering adding that what is acceptable now is that the applicant applies and pays online, fixes an appointment day for capturing and vetting and waits for the stipulated time for the collection.
On the security of the state, Nongo stated that the borders of the state are safe as the Command has increased surveillance and collaboration with sister security agencies.
“We have border patrol units at Mokwa, Kontagora, Tegina, Wawa, Loma and Sabon Pegi to check the movement of migrants and the patrol has been very effective as we have succeeded in reducing the inflow of illegal migrants into the state and country,” he said.
Nongo further stated that contrary to rumours going across the state about illegal Chinese nationals, there are no illegal Chinese nationals in the state saying, “we have visited most of these organisations that have Chinese working for them. We have records of those who are in the state, they are all accounted for.”