The Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, has said that there is a Sharp increase in the number of Nigerian university students seeking to collect ECOWAS Traveling Certificates in recent times.
The deputy comptroller of Immigration in Calabar, Mr. Abubakar Abdulkadir, who spoke on behalf of Mr Chris Baikie, the Comptroller Immigration Service said, “there is a sharp increase in the number of Nigeria students preferring to apply for ECOWAS Traveling Certificates ETC. There was a time that, over 20 students came for the certificate in a day. I suspect they may have been sponsored.
“Many Nigerian students have gotten the ETC and are studying in Ghanaian universities presently,” he said.
Abdulkadir emphasised that the NIS has an array of public services which are not limited to issuance of international Passports or ECOWAS Traveling Certificates but cute across several Immigration services.
On the issuance of International passports, the Passport Control Officer, Clementina Ogbudu, said 281 applicants have now come forward to claim their abandoned passports which they applied for since 2018.
Ogbundu told journalists in January 2022, that there were 2560 Nigerian Passports which were uncollected in their Calabar office since 2018.
She explained that, they have reached out to many of the applicants using a dedicated telephone line and many have positively responded and have reduced the number of uncollected passports.
Reacting to the services of NIS in Calabar Passport Office, two applicants Dr Ededet Akpan Enoh from Akwa Ibom State and Mazi Okey Maduekwe from Imo State said the immigration services have improved in recent times.
“From what I have seen so far, I am pleased at the way I and my wife have been attended to. Perhaps it is like that every day”, Enoh said.