The Federal Government has reaffirmed its commitment to ameliorating citizens‘ challenges when applying for and obtaining the Nigerian passport through improved service delivery and streamlining of its operations.
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the assertion at the inauguration of the Ilesa Passport Front Office and Production Centre, of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS in Osun state.
He noted that the surge in the number of applications necessitated the establishment of more passport front offices across the country, adding that this was born out of the determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to further make the process a seamless one.
The Minister also explained that passport application now takes six weeks to be produced after biometric data capture, while passport renewal takes three weeks.
Earlier in his remarks, the Controller-General, of the Service, Isah Jere Idris, lauded the leadership of the Ministry of Interior, in providing transformational leadership for the service. He added that in the last few years, there had been concerted efforts to ensure that Nigerians were able to easily access passport and other services, in guaranteeing internal security, in the most convenient way