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Nobody should pay a kobo above the official international passport fees — Danbazau

Valentine Chinyem

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Minister of Interior, Abudurahman Dambazau, has warned Nigerians not to pay above official fee when obtaining the international passport from the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).

The minister who issued the during the inauguration of one of the 18 new passport offices located at the premises of the Government Office Annex, in Warri, Delta State said, “I was happy to hear the Comptroller- General, Martin Kure Abeshi, reeling out the official cost of Nigerian passport to the audience.”

According to him, “nobody should pay a kobo above the official fees mentioned. We are open to complaints from the public. Whoever experiences such racketeering should immediately report and we will take all the necessary action to deal with the situation.”

He reiterated that international passport is an “entitlement for those who use it to travel and there are fees attached to it and these fees are very reasonable and nobody should take advantage of any applicant to charge above the official rate provided and we won’t condone such act.”

Earlier in his remarks, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr Martin Kure Abeshi, had revealed the official price of obtaining the international passport, while urging Nigerians not to pay above the stipulated fees.

Abeshi, declared that a 64-page passport for frequent travelers, which runs concurrently with the 32-page passport, costs N20,000, adding that for children below 18 years, they are to pay N8,750.

Further more, he explained that the official fees are age and gender sensitive, while noting that Nigerians between 18 and 59 years old should obtain their 32-page passport for N15,000 and those above 60 years are to pay N8,750 only.

He added that for Nigerians who want to do a change of name as a result of marriage, deceased of spouse or divorce as well as change of data on request, the fees go for N30,000 and N20,000 respectively.

At the event were the representative of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Festus Agas, who is the SSG, and ACP Muhammed Muazu, the Area Commander of Nigeria Police, Warri Area Command.

Other dignitaries at the inauguration were Comptroller General, NIS, Delta State, Musa Madu, representative of Olu of Warri, leader of the Nupes in Warri and other security agencies.

The Governor praised the NIS, for siting the passport office at the Governornment Office Annex in Warri, saying Nigerians would not have to travel all the way to Asaba to obtain their passport.