The Minister of Interior Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo has ordered the Nigeria Immigration Service to carry out the clearance of over 200,000 international passport applications pending before it in two weeks.

Tunji-Ojo gave the directive during a meeting with the Acting Comptroller General of the service, Wura-Ola Caroline Adepoju and top officials of the Ministry.

The meeting also attracted Managing Director of Iris Smart Technologies, Yinka Fisher, a third-party company in charge of the production of passport booklets.

A statement from the Minister’s Media aide, Alao Babatunde noted that the directive was in line with the Minister’s promise to remove “bottlenecks in the acquisition of passports and other immigration documents.”

The Minister explained that delays in the processing and enrolment of passports in Nigeria have been a source of frustration for citizens, and raising concerns for stakeholders.