The Minister of Interior Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo has announced that the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has cleared almost 60,000 passport backlogs within four working days.
He made this statement on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, when he received the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Betta Edu on a courtesy visit in Abuja.
Tunji-Ojo said that he was determined to end the passport crisis that had been an embarrassment to the country.
He said that he had given a two-week ultimatum to the NIS to clear all the pending passport applications on Wednesday, September 6, 2023. He said that as of that day, there were over 200,000 backlogs.
He said that he was happy with the progress made so far and that he would ensure that all the backlogs were cleared.
He also expressed his readiness to partner with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation to address the challenges of human trafficking, poor veterans’ welfare, underemployment and poverty among Nigerians.
He said that his ministry had a supervisory role over the NIS, which was in a strategic position to combat human trafficking. He said that he would support the initiatives of Edu’s ministry to provide humanitarian assistance and poverty alleviation to the vulnerable segments of the society.
He said that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu had directed all the ministers to work together as agents of his #RenewedHope Agenda and that he was committed to delivering on this mandate. He said that there was a lot of work to be done and that they could not work in isolation as the President had instructed.