Reps reject production of Nigerian passports by foreign-based private firm

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The House of Representatives committee on foreign affairs has faulted the production of Nigerian passports by a private firm abroad.

While picking holes in the development, Vice Chairman of the committee, Timehin Adelegbe, said the practice is unacceptable and poses security threat to the country.

Adelegbe said this while speaking at a public hearing organised yesterday on the “malpractices associated with diplomatic postings and deliberate draining of resources in the ministry of foreign affairs.”

The lawmaker said it was abnormal for a private firm outside the country to print the passport as it contains security features.

He also said most Nigerians were not happy with the strenuous process of collecting their passports, adding that the issue must be addressed.

In his own case the Chairman of the committee said the ministry of foreign affairs remains the mirror through which the entire world sees Nigeria.

“We must, therefore, resolve to work together to achieve the foreign service of our fondest dreams; and the time to do this, for me, personally, is today,” he said.

In his remarks, the Cmptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammed Babandede, said one of his greatest wishes is to produce Nigerian passports within the country.

“Our wish is to produce even a booklet of Nigerian passport in our compound,” he said.

Babandede also denied allegations of malpractice in NIS foreign postings.

He said while officers used to lobby to get lucrative postings, he has made the process transparent since assuming office.