NBS Reports Low Passport Applications In 2017
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), has disclosed a reduction in the number of passport applications the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) received in the year 2017. This figure was made known in a statistics on Immigration for 2017 posted on NBS website.
It reflected that a total of 720,958 passports applications were received in 2017 as against 3,684,288 of 2016 which it noted that the figures represents about 80.43 percent negative growth.
The report stated further that 544,473 of the 2017 passports were for adults, 127,882 were for minors, while the remaining 48,603 were for senior citizens.
The report also indicated that the office generated a sum of over N35.72 billion from passports applications in the year 2017 which is lower than the N36.17 billion generated from passports application in 2016.
It stated also that a total of 152,163 passports were issued at the foreign missions in 2017 as against 172,824 issued in 2016, while the number of visa issuance at the foreign missions was 115,150. The report disclosed that these figures show a negative growth of 11.95 percent.
Meanwhile, the report also noted a total number of 13,450, lost and stolen passports re-issued in 2017.