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We’re planning to remove passport processing from High Commissions, embassies – Babandede  

Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Mohammed Babandede, has said that plans are underway to remove passport processing from the country’s High Commissions and embassies.

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Mr Babandede made the disclosure during a two-day public hearing on the alleged incessant malpractices associated with diplomatic postings and deliberate draining of resources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters

According to him, the service intends to establish facilities far away from the embassies that would be known as visa processing centres.

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This, he said, was a global practice, especially in view of security challenges to carry out the process in embassies.

The NIS Boss added the same is already being done for visas and they were working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to affect this.

The comptroller-general also reiterated his plans at the Missions organized by the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs.

“We are doing that for visas in the UK, where it is processed at Fleet Street. Why can’t we take passports to Fleet street? We want to move passport front offices from the embassies.

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“We are already talking with Minister of Foreign Affairs to effect this,” he said.

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