Application for Nigerian passport records 80% negative growth
The Nigeria Bureau of Statistics NBS has revealed that applications for Nigerian passport recorded an alarming 80.43% negative growth in 2017, fueling speculations of a receding economy.
The figures which was contained in the NBS Immigration Statistics for the year 2017 showed that 3,684,288 passport applications were received in 2016, compared to a meagre 720,958 passport applications received in 2017.
“This represents about 80.43% negative growth. 127,882 of the 2017 figure are minor, 544,473 are adults and the remaining 48,603 are senior citizen,’ the NBS said.
The number of lost and stolen passports re-issued in 2017 was put at 13,450,” it added.