“Why Passport Booklets Are Scarce” – Minister Rauf Aregbesola

“Why Passport Booklets Are Scarce” – Minister Rauf Aregbesola

The Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola, has given a detailed explanation of the country’s lack of passport booklets.

The minister mentioned that the “human aspect” in passport offices is a major contributing factor to the shortage of passport booklets.

He therefore issued a challenge to the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to focus its searchlight on incompetent officers determined to use the processing of passport and visa applications to fill their own pockets.

The Minister made the announcement on Saturday at the National Headquarters of NIS Abuja at a Quarterly Review Meeting with select consultants Special Service Providers engaged by his ministry.

He also promised to straighten out the nation’s system for processing applications for citizenship, marriage licenses, and passports.

A statement by the Deputy Director of Press at the interior ministry, Afonja Ajibola, said Aregbesola frowned at what he described as an “unacceptable passport procedure racketeering” being perpetrated with the connivance of unscrupulous officials.

He read the riot act to those who indulge in the embarrassing act to stop or be prepared to face serious consequences.

While complementing the service providers for being worthy partners, he urged them to strictly adhere to agreements governing the Public Private Partnership (PPP) pact with the Ministry.

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