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NIMC Blames Immigration Service For Passport Issuance Hitch

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has blamed the Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS) for the hitches in international passport issuance to applicants.

It said the NIS had failed to utilise modern technology to verify the National Identify Numbers (NIN) of applicants.

Many passport applications had suffered hitches in the last three months, owing to NIN verification issues.

But NIMC in a statement Monday night said NIS was to blame because it failed to employ modern identity verification methods.

“It behoves on NIS to leverage new ICT channels and the jointly agreed offline method to handle NIN verification requests for passport applicants.

“The recent reports of the purported inability of Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS) to verify NINs of passport applicants has shown that these alternative verification channels are not being utilized to serve their teeming customers. Continue Reading

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