The Nigeria Immigration Service will start producing 24,000 passports each day, according to the Federal Government, after the backlog of passport applications is resolved.
When a team from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes visited his office on Friday in Abuja, the interior minister, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, made this information public.
According to a statement made by the ministry’s director of press, Ajibola Afonja, about 97,000 of the 200,000 passport backlogs had been resolved.
A portion of the statement said, “The minister averred that there would be no place for duplication of responsibilities by the agency and the ministry since the President is interested in the growth of the country.
He said that “as of this morning (Friday), around 97,000 passport applications have been processed, and he told Nigerians that 24,000 passports will be generated in a day when the backlogs are cleared. He mentioned this as an example of the continuing changes in the NIS for passport issuing. According to Tunji-Ojo, correctional facilities should be a hub for inmate reformation, as suggested by the facilities’ nomenclature. The minister requested UNODC’s cooperation for the supply of skills for convicts in the correctional centres.
He claimed that the detention institutions shouldn’t be viewed as places for criticism.
In order to prevent duplication, which encourages corruption, the minister made a heartfelt plea and begged the UN agency to always involve the ministry in its intervention activities. He promised that the UNODC’s initiatives wouldn’t be politicised.
Oliver Stolpe, the leader of the UNODC team, stated that they were in the ministry to observe the areas of collaboration and to list the areas in which the organisation has interfered.