Immigration clears 60,000 backlog of passport applications in four days


The minister of interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has claimed that the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has cleared about 60,000 passport backlog in four days.

Tunji-Ojo stated this on Tuesday when the minister of humanitarian affairs and poverty alleviation, Betta Edu, paid him a courtesy visit.

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He said the number was out of the over 200,000 pending passport applications.

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According to a statement by Alao Babatunde, his special adviser on media and publicity, Tunji-Ojo said he would clean up the passport crisis in the country.

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“When we came on board, the passport crisis was an embarrassment to the country and we said there is no way it can continue,” he said.

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“As at this morning, I can tell you that about 60,000 passport backlogs have been cleared, specifically, 59,906.

“On Sept. 6, when I gave the 2-week ultimatum, we had over 200,000 backlogs. However, we have recorded tremendous progress, and I still maintain my words, those backlogs must be cleared.”


On her part, Edu said her visit was informed by the need for the two ministries to collaborate in reducing human trafficking.

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