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No passport booklets shortage in Nigeria – Minister

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, says there is no passport booklet shortage in Nigeria, as the Federal Government has cleared all backlogs of passport applications.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Minister’s Media Adviser, Sola Fasure, on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to him, the ministry has made efforts to make passports available to Nigerians.

“In 2021 alone, we provided 1.3 million passports to Nigerians. As of today, there is no booklet shortage in Nigeria.

“As of the second quarter of 2022, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has provided 645,000 passports out of the 750,000 applications received.

“To address the challenge of the backlog, we have sent 11,000 booklets to Ikoyi, 11,000 to Alausa and 8,000 to FESTAC centres in Lagos State.

“We have also sent sufficient booklets to all the centres nationwide to address this challenge,” the minister said.

He added that 10,000 passport booklets have been deployed to the new Port Harcourt passport production centre, to fast-track passport issuance in the area.

The minister said the centre would now be responsible for passport demands from Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa.

Mr Aregbesola said with these efforts, there was no excuse again for delays and non-issuance of passports within a reasonable period across the country.

The minister urged those seeking passports to apply online to avoid being shortchanged by unscrupulous elements.

“I will urge applicants for…

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