By Wisdom Deji-Folutile
Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has announced that Nigerians will soon be able to obtain their passports from various local government areas of the country.
The former Osun State governor disclosed this in a statement during the Passports Express Centre’s inauguration at Maitama District.
According to the minister, passports will be available 72 hours after a successful application.
He said, “The passport should be available in a maximum of 72 hours of a successful application. Where there are issues, the applicant must be notified within 48 hours.”
Aregbesola noted that the facility signified the passport issuance policy’s decentralisation.
According to him, the Federal Government would establish more centres in every local government to offer Nigerians specialised services.
The minister stated that the ministry’s move to commence operation at the newly opened facility was for the Nigeria Immigration Service to offer citizens convenient services at the passport offices.
He added, “MPEC is in response to the yearnings of the general public for the Ministry of Interior and the Nigeria Immigration Service to devise additional ways that the passport issuance process can be less stressful and more efficient.
“Every Nigerian has the right to a Nigerian passport. It is our responsibility to put it in the hands of anyone desirous of it within the shortest possible time, without stress.”