By John Imade (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – According to the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), a total number of 370,000 applied for the 4,120 vacancies available for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and all 774 local governments.
This was disclosed by the Comptroller General, Mr. Muhammad Babandede, yesterday in Abuja, adding that of the total number, 6,145 were invited for the training.
Speaking further, Babandede said that all successful officers must undergo a drug test, adding that no chance will be given to any applicant who is already addicted to drugs, stressing that there was no going back on the May 31, deadline for the clearance of backlog of passports, adding that so far, 23,907 were yet to be collected by applicants.
Babandeded also said that the Ikoyi office has the highest number of yet-to- be-all collected passports which were over 7,000, and that the office is set to produce between 130,000 and 150,000 passports between yesterday and May 31, while locally, 58,000 will be produced to beat the deadline, adding that there would be no penalties against applicants who failed to collect their passports before May 31.
The Comtroller General also disclosed that a total of 41,000 new passports will be introduced into the system, adding that the highest production will be in Ikoyi, followed by Alausa.