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How Nigeria Immigration clears 204,332 passport backlogs in 2 weeks –Minister

*Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Minister for Interior, assures close monitoring of operations at the Nigeria Immigration Service to ensure compliance with his directives to avoid forthwith all human errors and interfaces causing delays in processing and issuance of passports

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In compliance with the recent two-week deadline, which Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Honourable Minister for Interior, earlier issued to the Service, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has cleared all the 204,332 Passport application backlogs.

Recall Tunji-Ojo September 7, 2023, had handed down an express ultimatum to the NIS to process and produce outstanding numbers of passport applications.

The Minister, during his maiden visit to the NIS Headquarters, in Abuja,  had expressed dissatisfaction with the delays in the issuance of passports and the harrowing experiences of Nigerians home and abroad in regard to the travel document.

Tunji-Ojo noted he had been following developments in the NIS on the issue, and urged the Service to change the narratives.

He declared that under his watch as Minister for Interior, Nigerians would not suffer to obtain the documents.

Meanwhile, information from the Minister’s office in Abuja, FCT, showed the Service cleared the said passport backlogs as of Sunday, October 1 this year.

The personnel of the NIS had continued to work to meet the deadline set by the Minister, according to report.

Findings also revealed the total outstanding backlogs of passports stood at 8,537 last Thursday.

Report further indicates that in the first five days of the Minister’s deadline over 55,000 Passport backlogs were cleared, while the figure moved to 97,000 after three weeks.

Other reports from other Commands of NIS showed that some Desks had cleared all Passport backlogs.

Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Kano, Katsina, Ilesa, Abuja, and Gwagwalada among others recorded zero backlogs as of Thursday last week, as they had cleared 195,000 passport backlogs at the Centres, The Nation report stated.

The breakdown showed that between last Thursday and Sunday, October 1st, the Ikoyi Passport Desk cleared a backlog of 5,423.

Festac in Lagos cleared 1,119 backlog, Ibadan cleared 111, while Ilorin cleared 1,017 Passport backlog.

Sagamu, in Ogun state cleared 867 backlog, report said.

The Minister, it was learnt, had promised to keep a close watch on the operations of the personnel of the NIS in the country to ensure compliance with his directives that all human errors and interfaces that precipitate delays in the issuance of Passports should be avoided forthwith.

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