… I am happier —Monarch
CITIZENS COMPASS —Following its inauguration on Friday, December 1, 2023, the new Passport Front Office in Igbogbo area of Ikorodu Division, Lagos State, is ready for use.
The Office located along Owolabi Shodara Way in Igbogbo, Igbogbo-Baiyeku Local Council Development Area, was inaugurated by the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service(CGI) Mrs Caroline Adepoju.
Declaring the Office open, Adepoju, in her address, advised the public to ensure that they renew their International passports before six months of its expiration to avoid being denied access to some countries.
The immigration boss stated that the passport would no longer take longer time but be processed for not more than three weeks if all information of the bearer is presented correctly without errors.
She thanked the people of Igbogbo for their support for providing the infrastructures and some amenities to begin operations.
“I thank the monarchs and the people of Igbogbo for their support in ensuring the realisation of this project.
“This is my first assignment after my confirmation as the substantial Controller General of Nigeria Immigration Services.
“I want to advise the public to ensure they renew their passport before six month of expiration to avoid being denied visa to some countries,” she said
Speaking, Gov. Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos State said the establishment of the passport office in Igbogbo would improve service delivery in the issuance of passport service to Nigerians and mitigate the need for people of Igbogbo to travel long distance.
He was represented by Mr Ibrahim Layode, Lagos State Commussioner for Home Affairs who said the role of immigration cannot be overemphasized adding that the establishment of passport front office in Igbogbo was a testament to the federal government’s commitment to providing world class service that would align with global standard.
Also speaking, the council chairman of Igbogbo Baiyeku Local Counvil Development Area(LCDA), Olusesan Daini, urged the CGI to consider the Igbogbo passport front office for confirmation as a substantial passport.
He said the council would synergise with NIS to ensure the edifice is maintained and also improved on the security architecture of the LCDA to ensure the office is secured.
“However, the new passport office is a welcome development for residents of Igbogbo and its environs, who will no longer have to travel long distances to obtain or renew their passport booklets.
“The establishment of passport front office in Igbogbo will improve commercial activities so it needs to be maintained.
“The council will also improve it’s security architecture to curb insecurity in the area, right now people should say something if they see something,” he said.
In his contribution, the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, Oba Orimadegun Kasali, who spoke on behalf of the monarchs in Ikorodu Division, said he was very happy for having passport front office in his domain adding that it would go a long way in improving commercial activities in the area.
The monarch commended the efforts of the Senator representing Lagos East, Tokunbo Abiru, Member, Federal House of Representatives, Jimi Benson, political leaders and the families who donated the space for facilitating and bringing a passport office in Igbogbo community.
“I can’t say how happy I am today, infact this office would put the Igbogbo community in the frontline on the world map.
” I appreciate everybody that have made the programme successful because the passport office has come to stay finally,” he said.
Citizens Compass had reported that the Immigration Service said operations at the Office would kick off on Monday, December 4, 2023.