The Acting Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Alhaji Idris Isa Jere has said that passport offices nationwide have been directed to facilitate issuance of passports to intending pilgrims in order to avoid disenfranchising any qualified person from traveling for the pilgrimage.
Alhaji Jere stated this during a courtesy visit to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, in Abuja, Wednesday.
Jere, who was received by NAHCON Chairman, Alhaji Zhikrullah Hassan said the visit was to reassure the NAHCON Chairman of the NIS’ commitment in assisting the Commission in conducting a successful Hajj operation this year in fulfillment of his earlier promise.
Towards this end, the Acting Comptroller General said that the Immigration Service has already deployed its officers to all Hajj departure centers with an instruction to coordinate smooth immigration clearance for the pilgrims.
He also reassured Alhaji Hassan that instruction has been given to passport offices nationwide to facilitate issuance of passports to intending pilgrims to avoid disenfranchising any qualified person from traveling for the pilgrimage.
Alhaji Hassan thanked the immigration service helm’s man for the honor and expressed relief and confidence in the Acting C.G’s competence. He commended Alhaji Jere’s effort as head of a sister agency working with NAHCON in ensuring that all qualified pilgrims travel for the Hajj with ease. He assured the Ag. C.G that NAHCON will do everything necessary to solidify the cordial relationship between the two agencies.
Also at hand to receive the Acting C.G was NAHCON’s Commissioner of Policy, Personnel Management and Finance (PPMF) Alhaji Nura Hassan Yakassai and Commissioner Planning Research, Statistics, Information and Library Services (PRSILS), Sheikh Suleiman Momoh.