Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola has directed the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to ensure issuance of international passports to qualified applicants within 48 hours.
The Minister said with deployment of state-of-the-art technology, the 48 hours timeline was achievable if officials of the NIS eliminates human contacts and deal with racketeering, which has built an “unusual economy “, around the passport issuance process.
He said the directive has become imperative because of the pains and agonizing experience many Nigerians are subjected to.
The Minister disclosed this on Friday in Lagos while flagging off the NIS Management retreat.
Aregbesola urged the NIS to eliminate bottlenecks associated with procurement of international passport by adopting cutting edge technology that will reduce human interface.
He said NIS as the face of the nation at border entry and exit points must train its personnel on how to treat Nigerians and others with dignity.
Aregbesola said the service must place high premium on the provision of infrastructure and human capacity as motivation for efficient services.