•Acting General of Immigration, Caroline Wuraola-Adepoju vows severe consequences for offending officers.
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has pledged to take strict action against any of its personnel attempting to undermine the Federal Government's ongoing efforts to reform passport administration in the country.
Acting Comptroller General of Immigration, Caroline Wuraola-Adepoju, delivered this message during a press conference in Abuja.
"I can assure you that any NIS officer caught engaging in malpractice or accepting bribes will face severe consequences. I have received instructions from the Honourable Minister of Interior to make examples of defiant officers, and I intend to enforce this directive throughout the organization," she declared.
Regarding the issue of passports going missing while in immigration custody, Mrs. Wuraola-Adepoju cautioned Passport Control Officers not to compromise the Service's efficient filing and classification system. She emphasized, "Consider a missing passport in your custody as a threat to your career."
She emphasized that the commitment to streamline passport processing aligns with President Bola Tinubu's Renewed Hope agenda and the Interior Minister, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo's 8-point agenda.
Under her leadership, the immigration service is determined to eliminate all bottlenecks in passport administration.
Mrs. Wuraola-Adepoju explained, "When I took office, my first step was to declare a state of emergency in passport administration, supported by my colleagues and technical partners who increased passport booklet production despite numerous challenges."
"We identified the need for new measures, including increasing the number of passport production machines in collaboration with our technical partners. We implemented three shifts of about 7 hours each in our passport production centers to ensure machine efficiency, worked around the clock, including weekends, and enhanced our monitoring and evaluation process. This allowed us to produce 204,332 booklets within three weeks, with 91,881 already collected," she concluded.