The interior minister promises that those who apply will now receive passports in two weeks

Oct 5, 2023 | International | 0 comments

The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, promised that every Nigerian would have to wait up to two weeks for an international passport.

Just 24 hours later, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) cleared over 200,000 passport backlogs.

On Wednesday, October 4, the minister updated Nigerians on the passport backlog at a press conference in Abuja.

Interior Minister’s words
Tunji-Ojo said, “No one will ever wait for two weeks to get passports again. Your passport will arrive in two weeks if you apply and are captured.
He added that the NIS cleared all 204,332 passport application backlogs.

Observed. The immigration service worked three shifts to clear backlogs and ensure Nigeria never has one again. This is a permanent fix.”
Only biometrics will be done at passport offices.
The minister said NIS and its partners would improve their systems to improve services, and applicants would no longer need to visit passport offices to be captured from December 2023.

People can upload passports and supporting documents online, he said. Passport offices only take biometrics. Passport front offices near residents will process passports. Solution providers have three months to activate or lose their contract.”
He said the measures would speed up passport applications.

Tunji-Ojo advised Nigerians to contact the Ministry of Interior at 08023753414 or to avoid bribery at passport offices.

What to know
In a meeting with NIS acting Comptroller-General Caroline Adepoju on September 7, 2023, Tunji-Ojo ordered the service to clear the backlog of over 200,000 passport applications within two weeks.
The minister’s order was part of his effort to remove all barriers to Nigerian passports and other immigration documents.

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