The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has promised that Nigerian passport would soon be issued in each of the 774 local government areas in the country.
Aregebesola in a statement on Sunday said that applicants will soon begin to get the passports within 24 hours.
Speaking at the inauguration of Maitama Passport Express Centre, the minister explained that the Nigeria Immigration Service Passport Express Centre, Maitama, Abuja, was established in partnership with the private sector to make passport issuance quicker and more convenient.
The minister added that the opening of the centre signified the inauguration of the Passport Issuance Decentralization policy of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
He stated further that it was the first of many more to be established in every local government area in Nigeria.
“It is the future. The goal is to have a facility like this in every local government in the country. Every Nigerian has the right to a Nigerian passport and it is our responsibility to put it in the hands of anyone desirous of it within the shortest possible time, without stress.
“The passport should be available in maximum of 72 hours of a successful application. Where there are issues, the applicant must be notified within 48 hours,” he said.