NIS Clears Over 59,900 Passport Applications In 4days – Interior Minister

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The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, says the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has cleared a backlog of nearly 60,000 applications in four working days.

He made the remarks on Tuesday in Abuja, when he received the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, on a courtesy call.

“When we came on board, the passport crisis was an embarrassment. And, we said: it cannot continue!” a statement from the minister’s spokesman Alao Babatunde quoted his principal as saying.

“As of this morning, I can tell you that about 60,000 passport backlogs have been cleared, especially 59,906. On Wednesday, September 6, 2023, when I gave the 2-week ultimatum, we had over 200,000 backlogs.

“We have recorded progress, and I maintain my word that those backlogs must be cleared.”

Edu, for her part, stated that the visit was necessary to extend its hand of partnership with the ministry as it seeks to combat human trafficking and other connected concerns such as poor veterans’ welfare, underemployment, and citizen poverty.

According to her, the ministry is in the best position to address human trafficking issues because it supervises the NIS.

As a result, the interior minister assures her of his cooperation.

“His Excellency President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has directed us to see the place of partnership as agents of his #RenewedHope Agenda, and we are here to deliver on this mandate,” he added.

“We assure you of our support. Your initiative is progressive and commendable, especially at this crucial time in the history of our country. There is a lot of work to be done, and we cannot work in silos as the President has directed.”


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