The Passport Controller, Lagos Passport Command, Mrs Milka Musa, Controller of Immigration (CIS), on Monday said that about 13 800, passports remained uncollected at the Lagos Passport offices.
Musa told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that about 12,300 were uncollected at Ikoyi passport office, while 1500 were at the Festac office, adding that a-yet-to-be ascertained number of passports, also remained uncollected at the Ikeja passport office.
She further confirmed that the Passport Control Officer ( PCO) in charge of each of the offices had sent text messages as a reminder to applicants concerned.
“ The Nigerian Immigration Service ( NIS) is appealing to these applicants to come and collect their passports,” she said.
“ Nigerians should stop being in a haste when they come to apply for passports, because the series of operations and security checks involved before issuance could not be carried out in seconds.
She explained that the scarcity of passport witnessed earlier was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which had caused the world to stand still as ”all sectors were locked down”.