NDIS2023: Diaspora Nigerians to enjoy seamless passports processing — Tunji-Ojo

The Ministry of Interior is set to create new passports processing and collection centres, especially for Nigerians in the Diaspora, to decongest the influx of people at the already established centres as well as fast track service operations in the country and in the Diaspora.

Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, spoke at the sixth edition of the Nigeria Diaspora Investment Summit.

The summit was organised by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and Nigeria Diaspora Summit Initiative in Abuja.

“Nigerians, especially Diaspora Nigerians, are to enjoy a seamless passport process and issuance system,” Tunji-Ojo  pledged.

The Minister also informed that a fully biometric immigration application process as obtainable in most foreign countries to reduce human contact and convenient passport collection is underway.

According to him: “Nigerians at home and in the diaspora deserve the best. 

“They don’t have to suffer or sweat to get the Nigerian passport.”

The Interior Minister further explained that a team from the Ministry will kick-start supervision of the E8-Mandate in the UK as the first place on the assignment.

He further urged the public to report any unethical behaviours by officers in the Ministry and its respective parastatals as a deterrent to curbing the menace of corruption in the system and boost effectiveness in service delivery to Nigerians.

Tunji-Ojo guaranteed that these changes will be effective from February 2024.

The Chairman/CEO of NiDCOM, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa commended the Minister for his positive disposition towards the plight of Nigerians in the Diaspora, particularly with passports issuance.

According to Dabiri-Erewa: “The key thing is, we have to encourage our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora to come home and invest by creating a conducive environment with these packages.”

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