International Passports to Cost More to Nigerians
Mr. Muhammad Babandede the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), yesterday 14 December stated that Nigerians would now have to pay more for their international passports.
The comptroller general stated that this increase in fees is inevitable due to the high cost of producing the booklets abroad, as this has become unsustainable and uncompetitive under the current economic climate.
The major reason that was stated is the depreciating value of the naira and since the materials are produced outside the country.
This has made it increasingly difficult for the immigration service to pay for the passport booklets as explained by the immigration boss.
While still outlining the challenges facing the service, he stated that things like air tickets have doubled while the fees remain the same in spite of all of the increased charges.
He also stated that the fees are not covered or subsidised by the federal government and as a revenue generating agency they are supposed to be, that cannot work.
He said that service delivery would improve as soon as the FG approves the new fees for the passports.