It was gathered that the CG was concerned by reports that touts were working with some NIS personnel to create artificial scarcity in Lagos state.
This, it was learnt informed the removal of the officer in-charge of the Festac passport office about two weeks ago.
Our correspondent also learnt that the CG has also dispatched two officers to New York, United States to address the passport shortfall in the city and environs, said to be 976.
“The officers would also visit Atlanta passport office to clear the backlog of passport applications, which is about 1,319.
“The immigration service has enough passport booklets in stock to meet public demand,” a source assured.
The NIS Public Relations Officer, Sunday James, confirmed that the task force was already on the ground in Lagos, adding that the men had taken over at the various passport offices.
“Most of the issues had been sorted out, and the backlog in Ikoyi and Alausa passport offices has been cleared. It remains that of Festac Town, which would be resolved by the weekend,” he explained.
James disclosed that from January to date, the Alausa NIS office had processed 48,460 passports, adding that Ikoyi received 101,460 applications but processed 92,560.
He stated that the figure for the Festac office was not available at the moment.