I got my renewed passport today at the Immigration office in Port Harcourt after capturing yesterday for the total sum N17,000 plus bank charges of N800.
The Comptroller of immigration, Rivers command, Aba Isa P, was quite remorseful over the assault I was subjected to at their office on the 5th of April when I stood my ground and refused to pay more than the stipulated fee.
The offending officers were paraded before me for identification and disciplinary actions would be meted accordingly afterwards.
If you are doing bank payment, the charges is N200 but if you are paying with your credit card online, it’s N800 in charges.
The actual cost of the passport is N15,000 plus a charge of N2000 that goes to a company called NEWWORKS that powers the portal.
Below 18 years cost N10,750, while 18-59 yrs cost N17k. Note that this is for 32 pages passport. The 62 pages passposts cost N22k for normal passport. Rates differ for the epassport.
Before going to the immigration office, visit http://portal.immigration.gov.ng and fill the forms. Print to pay at the bank or pay online.
Then proceed to the immigration office with the printed documents and two passport photograph for capturing. You should get your passport from 24 hours and latest one week from the date of capture.
Do not pay extra to anyone except you do so with your consent. In any case you are being mandated to pay more than the stipulated fees against your will, request to see the Chief Passport Officer or contact the number and email below:
I wish to also thank my friends and indeed all Nigerians who stood by me during this times of trial.
Thank you David Awesome, Emmanuel Akinseye Ogunwale and Victor Nwokocha for accompanying me to the meeting.
I wish to particularly thank the blogs that published my experience and also to thank my boss Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah who without any notice from me wedged in to ensure his boy was never at any time intimidated by the powers that be.
I also wish to thank the Immigration Authorities for listening and reacting responsibly to my complaint.
We have decided to turn this into a social movement to combat institutional corruption using the strength of the social media.
Our plans on this will be announced soon.
Corruption may be #Bold but I #ChallengedIt.
You too can!
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
#CorruptionIsBold #ChallengeIt #SocialMediaForSocialGood.