Federal Government Pledges to Clear Passport Backlog in Two Weeks
The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has revealed that Nigerians should be able to obtain their passports in two weeks.
The minister said Nigerians will soon be enjoying efficient service from Nigerian Immigration, with 60,000 of the 200,000 passport backlog already cleared.
The minister made this known while receiving the minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, on a courtesy call yesterday in Abuja.
Tunji-Ojo also added that more would be cleared before the end of the two-week deadline he gave the Nigerian Immigration Service.
With this development, Nigerians should be able to apply for passports and collect them within two weeks.
In a statement by the Director of Press, Ministry of Interior, Afonja Ajibola, the minister said, “Nigerians must not be relegated from being citizens of Nigeria by denying them a passport.” The statement reads, in part,
“He reiterated his belief that we must get it right now, adding that he receives updates every morning and that this very morning, he is being briefed that about 60,000 passports have been cleared, out of the 200,000 passport backlog he instructed to be cleared in two weeks.
“He then assured that by the time the backlogs are cleared, Nigerians will start enjoying the efficient service of having their passports issued within two weeks upon application.”
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