In a bid to reduce human interface and eradicate bribery, which has taken a toll in the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS). The group has advised intending applicants to embrace the various technological/online portals made available to seek their travel documents, passports, visas and also make enquires through this outlets.
This was disclosed Yesterday, October 6th, by the newly appointed Assistant Comptroller General (ACG) Zone A, Mrs. Doris Briamah, who explained that the NIS has made a lot of advances with regards to technology that will ease application process. Thereby calling on Nigerians to take advantage of the new development.
This is just as the service reveals that, there is enough passport booklets to go round as reports of scarcity are exaggerated by touts who use that as a ploy to draw in unsuspecting applicants in a bid to charge them more on passports.
In an intro statement titled: The power of positive news in nation building, Mrs. Briamah harped on the influence of positive projection of the nation stressing that the Nigerian Immigration service with all it’s accomplishments is poised to project the nation positively.
The new ACG said, ” We don’t have scarcity of passport booklets, touts are very smart and in order to collect money from unsuspecting victims, they say there is passport scarcity that is why the Comptroller General have been telling applicants not to patronise touts but to fill their forms and documents themselves.”
Briamah urged applicants to ensure they have complete documents before coming to the passport office.
She further explained that, NIS improved its technology in other to eliminate human interface, even though some Nigerians are not IT compliant and would need help at some point to fill the form, “we have help desk and servicom of immigration they can approach instead of going to touts.”