The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has said the Nigeria Immigration Service was working to ensure all outstanding passport applications were issued by May 31.
Aregbesola, on Saturday during a virtual inaugural quarterly lecture series of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission added that the several months of delay in the issuance of passports was partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister added that from June 1, passports would be issued within six weeks, adding that government had launched the electronic temporary passport to ease the burden on Nigerians.
At the event tagged, ‘Mobilising Nigerians in the Diaspora for National Development,’ Aregbesola said, “The Nigeria Immigration Service also had their fair share of the pandemic which affected passport issuance.
“We have launched an electronic temporary passport to ease the burden of Nigerians.
“By May 31, all outstanding passport applications will be cleared. We are also looking at domesticating passport printing to avoid a shortage of booklets for renewal and new passport collection.
“Also, from June 1, the collection of passports will take six weeks and this will allow us to carry out due diligence.”