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Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by omoalaro: 6:19pm On Sep 04, 2022
Fact-Check: Is there a disparity in the official cost of a Nigerian Passport in the North and South?

Claim: A tweet recently emerged online showing that the cost of obtaining a passport in Northern Nigeria is way cheaper than obtaining the same in the Southern part of the country.  

Full-Text: The tweet which originated from Naija PR generated massive engagements with over 2,039 retweets, 183 quote tweets, and 4,424 likes, at the time of carrying out this fact-check.

The tweet which has an accompanying screenshot of the Nigerian Immigration Service Domestic Passport Application Portal showing variation in cost between Umuahia, Yola, and Kano states:

“Passport price varying between Northern and Southern has got everyone talking.”

The tweet resulted in a lot of sentimental and divisive comments.

Commenting, a Twitter user said: “This is where leaders in the South East are supposed to speak up. They’d keep mute. Yet they’re always shocked why no one rates them.”

Another Twitter user commented, “This is no longer news, people even travel from the south and east to obtain a passport at the north. It’s come out cheaper and faster, one Nigeria different standards[sic].”

A fair comment by another user reads: “This is not about Southerners bro, they charge different amounts for same passport on an official portal. It should be same amount regardless of your region, except if you are dealing with an agent[sic] .”

Verification:

PRNigeria conducted a keyword search and results from, here, here, and here revealed that the Nigeria Immigration Service has debunked the claim of a  disparity in passport cost in the Northern and Southern regions of Nigeria.

NIS in its official Twitter account faulted the widely circulated tweet in a series of tweets.

“The attention of the Comptroller General Isah Jere Idris has been drawn to some stories about discriminatory Passport charges for Passport applicants in the North and South of the country. The report is not only laughable,” saying that it issues passports for Nigerians regardless of the region including those in the diaspora.

“It is a product of the latest technology in Passport issuance. It has improved security features, and a polycarbonate data page and comes in three categories of 32-page five-year validity (N25,000), 64-page five-year (N35000), and 64-page ten-year validity (N70000).


“It was unveiled sometime in 2019 & seven Passport Centres including Ikoyi, Abuja, Alausa, FESTAC, and Portharcourt. Kano & Gwagwalada were immediately migrated to the enhanced Passport regime then. Meanwhile, the electronic Passport is the usual one we have been issuing since the introduction of ePassport in 2007. The fee chargeable ranges from N8750-N17800 depending on the age of the applicant and category of Passport. At the moment, the Service is steadily migrating all its Passport Centres to the enhanced ePassport regime.

“To this effect, all centers in South-South, South-West & South-East including our Desks in the UK&USA have been fully migrated to the enhanced regime. In the work plan, Centres in the North-West, North-East, Canada&others are getting ready for migration to the enhanced Passport regime very soon.”

However, PRNigeria contacted the Service Public Relations Officer, Amoz Okpu, seeking more clarification on the matter and he reconfirmed that there is no difference in passport cost in any part of the country.

He said: “What they described as the disparity is just a misunderstanding of the introduction of the enhanced electronic regime which has additional security features that the electronic regime doesn’t. Those who are going to obtain passports at centers that are yet to convert to the enhanced electronic regime will pay lower charges than those centers who have already converted to the enhanced electronic regime,” adding that the charges will be uniform by the time all the remaining centers fully convert to the enhanced electronic regime.

Therefore, “the disparity people talk about is unjustifiable and misinforming,” he said.

Conclusion: 

Based on publicly available facts gathered by PRNigeria, the claim that there is a disparity in passport cost in Northern and Southern Nigeria is unjustifiable and misleading. It is therefore NOT TRUE. 

https://prnigeria.com/2022/09/03/nigerian-passport-north-south/

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by booblacain(m): 6:29pm On Sep 04, 2022
All you need say is that there is a disparity but this is the reason why. Instead of concluding that there is no disparity at all even when you confirmed in your findings that there is indeed a disparity.

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by NwaNimo1(m): 6:43pm On Sep 04, 2022
Wayo country.....

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by beekyynd: 6:43pm On Sep 04, 2022
I buy all PayPal funds. From 50 USD upwards. If you get then holla at me.

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by ATEAMS: 6:43pm On Sep 04, 2022
The idea of not being a kid anymore terrifies me. I am an adult and I have been hurled out of the world of boys and girls into the fray of men and women, and expected to function as a grown-up when I never functioned very well as a kid.

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by polite2(m): 6:43pm On Sep 04, 2022
Some are indigene while others are non indigene.

Simple

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by slawomir: 6:43pm On Sep 04, 2022
Damnnn niggar

There is no difference in the amount

Na massive corruption dey worry us for South

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by socialmediaman: 6:43pm On Sep 04, 2022
Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by SpatialKing(m): 6:43pm On Sep 04, 2022
Hmmm

When they speak up now
You all will tag them IPOB
Buhari enemies

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by Asgard73: 6:44pm On Sep 04, 2022
grin

Apc and stories ..

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by bigdammyj: 6:44pm On Sep 04, 2022
Noted.
Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by Viscuz: 6:44pm On Sep 04, 2022
Country of debunk and cover up

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by Kobicove(m): 6:44pm On Sep 04, 2022
Of course they'll deny it but there's usually some truth in every rumor undecided

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by carreport(m): 6:44pm On Sep 04, 2022
These days it's best to wait for clarification before commenting on any trending issue

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by remsonik(f): 6:45pm On Sep 04, 2022
Nawa o
Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by masterfactor(m): 6:45pm On Sep 04, 2022
This one no be today na

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by Henix(m): 6:45pm On Sep 04, 2022
The rate of corrupt practice among the officials in the North is lower than that of South, there is also a lower demand for passport in the North when compared to that of South.

These are the factors that brought about the lower unofficial price, and the faster processing time of passport in the North

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by Sabadon(m): 6:45pm On Sep 04, 2022
Nigeria undecided undecided
Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by chigoziri2403(m): 6:45pm On Sep 04, 2022
You migrated the south in 2019, and three years later, you are yet to migrate the North, three years of price discrepancy, if it was something that would benefit the North,it will start there
What was the reason for starting in the south,and not pick some states in the north, not even one northern state

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by Pvin: 6:45pm On Sep 04, 2022
One Nigeria

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by kerry57: 6:46pm On Sep 04, 2022
That is very true. Most youth corpers that are posted to the north usually use the opportunity to obtain their passport. As of last two years, it will only cost u 27k in sokoto and kebbi cos I was around there at that time. Around the same time it is around 50k in Lagos depending on ur channel of processing it.

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by Nobody: 6:46pm On Sep 04, 2022
While writing about the disparity in obtaining the passport between the two regions involved,I wish the issue of the massive corruption going on in almost all the immigration centers in the south be looked into.

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by EmmaLege: 6:46pm On Sep 04, 2022
Chai
Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by jojothaiv(m): 6:46pm On Sep 04, 2022
It's easier and quite faster in the North compare to the South you need to grease the palms of the many officials before you get your passport ready.

Add the 'grease' up to the price and you'll discover the fact checker did a poor job.

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by AdolfHitlerxXx: 6:46pm On Sep 04, 2022
angry

Zombidients should continue false propaganda.

We will see in the North....

Just wait. If he wins a single LGA in North or South West, I owe you a million.

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by searchng4love: 6:46pm On Sep 04, 2022
Who send prnigeria work? Liars. You still see the disparity but conclude there's no disparity. Fact check ko fact fabrication ni

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by tempest01(m): 6:46pm On Sep 04, 2022
booblacain:
All you need say is that there is a disparity but this is the reason why. Instead of concluding that there is no disparity at all even when you confirmed in your findings that there is indeed a disparity.

This is how you know their "fact check" is actually propaganda.

Even in the north, there is still disparity in prices. How does the explanation given by NIS justify that?

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Re: Fact-Check: Disparity In Cost Of A Passport In The North & South by thinkdip(m): 6:46pm On Sep 04, 2022
booblacain:
All you need say is that there is a disparity but this is the reason why. Instead of concluding that there is no disparity at all even when you confirmed in your findings that there is indeed a disparity.

Never take that fact-check nonsense seriously, they work for the government - APC.

Check all their post. It's to downplay the truth.

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