Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has stated that he is committed to clearing the backlog of passport applications and issuance latest May 31st.
Aregbesola made this known on Friday when the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, and the management staff of the commission visited him in Abuja.
Aregbesola explained that the Ministry of Interior has introduced reforms on passport application and issuance.
He stressed that a regime of not more than 72 hours express passport processing is underway.
According to Aregbesola: “Whoever holds a Nigerian passport is a bona fide citizen who must be treated with dignity and respect.”
He promised to work with strategic agencies to see that migration is profitable to the migrant and to the country of stay and homeland.
He also applauded NIDCOM for its giant strides so far describing the Commission as a veritable tool for strong and worthy engagement with the Nigerian Diaspora.
Aregbesola added that the government will holistically look into the issue of historic African diaspora whose forefathers were taken away as slaves and who had done their DNA which identified them as Nigerians and are requesting Nigerian citizenship.