Nigerian passports would soon be issued in each of the 774 local government areas in the country to reduce the problem of getting it. This was disclosed by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, Connectley News gathered.
The former governor of the State of Osun also disclosed that applicants will soon begin to get Nigerian passports within 24 hours. He said this at the newly inaugurated Maitama Passport Express Centre on Sunday.
Aregbesola further said that the Nigeria Immigration Service Passport Express Centre, Maitama Abuja, was established in partnership with the private sector to make passport Issuance more convenient and quick.
In a statement issued at the passport Express Center, the former governor said, “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. It is the future. The goal is to have a facility like this in every local government in the country.
“Every Nigerian has the right to a Nigerian passport and it is our responsibility to put it in the hands of anyone desirous of it within the shortest possible time, without stress. The passport should be available in maximum of 72 hours of a successful application. Where there are issues, the applicant must be notified within 48 hours.
“The commencement of the operations of this world-class facility will not only offer Nigerians services of convenience and pleasure by taking away the hitherto stress in the conventional passport offices, it will also afford Nigerians the opportunity of getting their passports within 24 hours, at the high premium service and 72 hours at the ordinary premium service, albeit with added value and a little bit of extra cost.”
Also speaking at the event, Mr. Muhammed Babanded, the Comptroller-General of the NIS said, the inauguration of the express centre was a move towards solving the problems associated with passport administration.
The Comptroller-General also said, the MPEC was established to provide expedite and guaranteed service for applicants willing to pay a premium for prompt and convenient service.
Babandede further said, “The centre will be non-governmental and has provision for large comfortable VIP lounge, refreshment, queue management system and other necessary facilities to ensure comfort and speedy delivery of quality service.
“This centre will have a dedicated National Identity Number (NIN), registration unit and cater to the complete passport issuance process from enrolment to production for only fresh and re-issue passport applications.
“Other categories of passport applications including change of data, replacement of damaged, lost/stolen passport and others shall continue to be processed at the service headquarters and other approved passport issuing authorities,” he added.