Nigeria’s minister of interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has stated that Nigerians would have to wait more than two weeks for an international passport anymore.
The minister, on September 7, gave the NIS a two-week deadline to remove all passport application backlogs.
He added that the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) had cleared all the 204,332 passport application backlogs.
Speaking on Wednesday, October 4 in Abuja while updating Nigerians on the status of the passport backlog in the country,Tunji-Ojo said: “No one will ever wait for two weeks to get passports again. If you apply and have been captured, you will get your passport within two weeks.”
He noted: “Immigration service did three shifts to make sure that we clear the backlogs and to ensure that never again in the history of Nigeria, are we going to have a backlog. This is not a temporary relief but a permanent solution.”
The minister indicated that NIS and its partners will strengthen their systems in order to improve their services, and that from December 2023, applicants would not be required to go to passport offices to be captured.
He added: “People will be able to upload their passport and supporting documents online. Only biometrics will be taken at the passport office.
“We are introducing passport front offices where people can go and process their passport close to where they reside. Solution providers have been given three months to activate this or their contract will be revoked.”