Muhammad Babandede, Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, has ordered passport offices nationwide to resume the release of processed passports as government commences the phased easing of lockdown put in place to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
The new order was contained in a statement signed by the service Public Relations Officer, Sunday James, on Monday.
It reads, “NIS has directed applicants to follow the NCDC directive on social distancing, wearing of facemask, washing of hands using soap, use of hand sanitizers among others at the point of collection of the passport.
“Applicants are to be invited in batches via SMS, anyone invited will show proof of invitation before they are allowed into the premises which must coincide with the date scheduled for the respective applicant to turn up and collect their passport.
“Any passport applicant who did not receive SMS need not visit the passport office until they are invited via SMS to avoid unnecessary crowding and refusal of entry at the entrance to the passport offices."