THE Minister of Interior Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has stated that the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has cleared a backlog of nearly 60,000 applications in four working days.
He made the remarks today in Abuja, when he paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Edu noted that the visit was necessary to extend its hand of partnership with the ministry as it works 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 assured 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.”