The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, emphasized that resolving all passport backlogs should be achievable within a two-week timeframe, stressing that there should be no justification for passport delays in Nigeria.
This statement was conveyed during his live appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today program on Tuesday.
He also said “clearing all backlogs shouldn’t take more than two weeks”, adding that the scarcity and delay around fresh passport issuance and renewal fuelled corruption in the sector.
“After clearing these backlogs, no Nigerian should wait for more than two weeks,” he stressed.
The minister affirmed that possessing the green passport is a fundamental entitlement for every Nigerian, rather than a privilege.
He said, “It’s a right and not a privilege, Nigerians want that right to be actually theirs, not by somebody offering you your right.”
He expressed that there is no acceptable reason for any Nigerian to experience disrespect due to their passport application.
“What Nigerians want to see is solutions and that is what the President has constantly told us… No excuses.
“In line with the directive of Mr President, it can no longer be business as usual. We have critically analysed all these scenarios – from the point of going online to fill the form to the point of payment, to the point of picking a date, to the point of biometrics, to the point of issuance of passports. And we understand the service providers involved and we have been able to see one or two things to put right,” he said.
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