Senate to probe delay in renewal, issuance of international passports

Senate has directed its Committee on Interior to investigate circumstances leading to unwarranted delay in issuance and renewal of international passport by Nigeria Immigration Services (NIS).

The legislative chamber also mandated the committee to investigate contract award for production of international passport and turn in its report within two weeks.

The resolution followed the adoption of a motion, tagged ‘Delay on issuance, renewal of international passport by NIS sponsored by Senator Ekwunife Lilian Uche.

The lawmaker, who in her debate, said the delay was creating untold hardship for Nigerians, who need to travel out of the country or return noted that many Nigerians were still facing challenges over processing, despite the six-week timeline given by the Federal Government, barely a year ago.

Senator Ekwunife said getting appointment for biometric data capturing now takes between five and eight weeks, while many applicants are forced to wait for four months for passports to be ready after the biometric exercise.