Nigerian Immigration Service has opened a Passport Front Office in the Igbogbo-Baiyeku Local Council Development Area of Ikorodu, Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, on Friday.
Gatekeepers News reports that with the commissioning of the Igbogbo Passport Office, the Ikoyi Passport Office will be decongested, and the processing and waiting time for passport applications will be reduced.
The Passport Control Officer, Nigerian Immigration Service, Igbogbo Passport Office, Ikorodu, Deputy Comptroller Muyiwa Odunubi, disclosed this in a telephone interview with The PUNCH on Thursday.
The new passport front office which was unveiled around 12.30 pm on Friday, is situated on Owolabi Sodara Street, Bola Ahmed Tinubu Way, Igbogbo.
Odunubi said the facility can sit 200 applicants, adding that it will be a front office for now until full production commences at the facility at a later date.
The PCO said,“We have a sitting capacity of about 200 applicants at once. It is a front office as of now. Applicants will do their capturing at the facility and the production will be done at the Ikoyi Passport Office for now.”
While stating that full operations would commence on Monday, December 4, 2023, at the facility, he said the new passport office already had a staff strength of 30.
Odunubi said, “We have more than 30 staff for now. We will bring more as time goes on, depending on where we may have lapses.”
He applauded the monarch of Igbogbo, the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, Oba Semiudeen Kasali, the chiefs as well as members of the Igbogbo Development Association for their support in making the vision of having a passport office in the area a reality.
Odunubi said, “The community has tried their best to embrace us and to assist the government in their own little way to establish this passport office. The kabiyesi has been a wonderful royal father. The chiefs too have been very supportive, so also is the leadership of IDEA.”
He appealed for more support for the office for the smooth running of its operations.