FG to locate passport centres in 774 LGs – Aregbesola

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, says plans are underway to ensure that applicants will begin to get Nigerian passports within 24 hours.

The minister in a statement on Sunday also announced that passport would be issued in each of the 774 local government areas in the country to reduce the problem of getting it.

Aregbesola, who is a former governor of Osun State, said this at the newly inaugurated Maitama Passport Express Centre.

He explained that the Nigeria Immigration Service Passport Express Centre, Maitama, Abuja, was established in partnership with the private sector to make passport issuance more convenient and quick.

Aregbesola said, “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.”

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