You can change data on passport only at NIS Headquarters – Immigration PRO

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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) said on
Monday that all passport issues related to change
of data should be directed to its headquarters to
prevent abuse of the law.
Mr. Chukwuemeka Obua, the Public Relations
Officer (PRO) of the service, gave the advice in an
interview in Abuja.
Obua explained that the policy was designed by
the service to prevent dubious and mischievous
persons from taking undue advantage of the law
to change their data information.
He noted that the service had observed that some
members of the public were frequenting state
offices demanding to change data information like
name and age their passports.
“It is suspected that women under the guise of
marriage also take advantage of the law to
change other information on their passport like
age so as to suit a different purpose.
“Some persons go to state offices more than
twice a year to change their age with the excuse
that they previously gave a wrong age or their
parents just informed them of their real age.
“The service knows that whenever an individual’s
data is altered his or her identity is affected
which is a very sensitive issue, therefore, only the
headquarters can resolve all matters related to
that,” said Obua.
He said the service adopted the policy in 2006
when the e-passport was introduced to prevent
undue alterations on the passport and reduce
cases of stolen or transfer of passport between
siblings or friends.
Obua said that to make the Nigerian passport
internationally acceptable the e-passport was
introduced with enhanced security features
concerning picture and thump print to make it
exclusive to the individual.
“The e-passport is gender friendly, forestalls
identity theft, the pages in the passport is now 64
instead of 32 to accommodate frequent travellers,
the e-passport also takes care of low income
earners and the aged.
“With its enhanced security feature, if you are
caught with a passport and your thumb print
does not match that on the passport it is
assumed you stole it, therefore, you will be
arrested and prosecuted,” he said.
However, Obua said that other passport related
issues like obtaining an e-passport, e-passport
renewal and replacement of stolen passport could
be addressed by the state offices of the service.
But an applicant said on condition of anonymity
that the policy did not consider the safety of the
public as people had to travel far distances to
resolve such complaints.
The applicant observed that the cost of
transportation was most times more than the
cost of resolving the complaints, wondering if the
state offices were incompetent or unreliable to
handle the policy at that level.
The source advised the service review the
implementation strategy of the policy to allow
states resolve such issue.

By Daily Post Staff on July 16, 2014
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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) said on
Monday that all passport issues related to change
of data should be directed to its headquarters to
prevent abuse of the law.
Mr. Chukwuemeka Obua, the Public Relations
Officer (PRO) of the service, gave the advice in an
interview in Abuja.
Obua explained that the policy was designed by
the service to prevent dubious and mischievous
persons from taking undue advantage of the law
to change their data information.
He noted that the service had observed that some
members of the public were frequenting state
offices demanding to change data information like
name and age their passports.
“It is suspected that women under the guise of
marriage also take advantage of the law to
change other information on their passport like
age so as to suit a different purpose.
“Some persons go to state offices more than
twice a year to change their age with the excuse
that they previously gave a wrong age or their
parents just informed them of their real age.
“The service knows that whenever an individual’s
data is altered his or her identity is affected
which is a very sensitive issue, therefore, only the
headquarters can resolve all matters related to
that,” said Obua.
He said the service adopted the policy in 2006
when the e-passport was introduced to prevent
undue alterations on the passport and reduce
cases of stolen or transfer of passport between
siblings or friends.
Obua said that to make the Nigerian passport
internationally acceptable the e-passport was
introduced with enhanced security features
concerning picture and thump print to make it
exclusive to the individual.
“The e-passport is gender friendly, forestalls
identity theft, the pages in the passport is now 64
instead of 32 to accommodate frequent travellers,
the e-passport also takes care of low income
earners and the aged.
“With its enhanced security feature, if you are
caught with a passport and your thumb print
does not match that on the passport it is
assumed you stole it, therefore, you will be
arrested and prosecuted,” he said.
However, Obua said that other passport related
issues like obtaining an e-passport, e-passport
renewal and replacement of stolen passport could
be addressed by the state offices of the service.
But an applicant said on condition of anonymity
that the policy did not consider the safety of the
public as people had to travel far distances to
resolve such complaints.
The applicant observed that the cost of
transportation was most times more than the
cost of resolving the complaints, wondering if the
state offices were incompetent or unreliable to
handle the policy at that level.
The source advised the service review the
implementation strategy of the policy to allow
states resolve such issue.

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