Babanded who disclosed this in a ceremony to decorate the newly promoted senior officers of the Service at the NIS Headquarters in Abuja said the suspension of receiving and processing of fresh passport applications was to allow for clearance of every Passport application that was received before 17th of May, 2021.
He added that a task force to be supervised by ACGs would be sent to Passport offices to clear the backlog.
CGI Babandede further stated that the new passport regime was expected to commence on the 1st of June, 2021 for a delivery period of six (6) weeks from the date of submission of applications if there is no local objection (if all documents are complete).
A total of eighty-seven (87) senior officers of the Service promoted by the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Board (CDCFIB) vide a letter referenced CDCFIB/NIS/2020/PE/621/VOL.1/1 was decorated at the event by the CGI
According to a statement signed by the Service Public Relations Officer, CIS Sunday James, a total of thirty (30) Comptrollers of Immigration Service (CIS) were promoted to the rank of Assistant Comptrollers General of Immigration (ACG) while a total of fifty-seven Deputy Comptrollers of Immigration (DCI) were promoted to the rank of Comptrollers of Immigration Service (CIS) bringing the total number of those promoted to eighty-seven (87).
The statement noted that the number of other officers who were also promoted within the same period is 2,071, bringing the total number of newly promoted officers to 2,158.
It disclosed that during the decoration of the 30 ACGs and 57 Comptrollers, the Comptroller General of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede congratulated the affected officers and urged them to exhibit high sense of professionalism and commitment to duty in line with the mandate of the Service especially in furtherance of the federal government’s policy on ease of doing business.
Photo: Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede.