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From L- R: Mrs  Caroline Wura-ola Adepoju, ACG Immigration; Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Minister of Interior Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinlade, Parmanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior

"Getting Nigerian Passport Is A Right And Not A Privilege." Tunji-Ojo.

The Hon Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo has given a matching order to the Nigeria Immigration Service to dismantle all bottlenecks hindering swift issuance of Passport to Nigerians.

The Minister also directed the  Immigration Service to immediately disengage itself from any partnership found to be hampering speedy issuance of Passports to Nigerians.

Dr. Tunji-Ojo gave these instructions during his maiden familiarization visits to formations of the various Services under the Ministry of Interior, today Wednesday 30th August 2023 in Abuja.

He informed the NIS that he is the helmsman at the Interior Ministry to drive the needed reforms that will see the actualisation of the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for Nigeria to achieve desired greatness.

Middle: Hon Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Minister of Interior; Left: Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinlade, Parmanent Secretary,  Ministry of Interior; Right: Mrs Caroline Wura-ola, ACG Immigration during the familiarization visit to NIS

The Minister then assured that new reforms and policies will soon be rolled out to further boost the efforts of Officers and men of the Service.

Dr. Tunji-Oju made it abundantly clear that getting Nigerian passport is a right and not a privilege. 

He also demand that Nigerians living outside the shores of the country deserves to be respected. 

He urged the London immigration office to improve its services and accord Nigerians maximum respect while seeking for travel documents to UK; adding that our citizens wherever they are must be proud to be Nigerians 

The Minister, in a statement issued and signed by Afonja Fatai Ajibola, Deputy Director Press and Public Relations Department of the Ministry, appreciated the Correctional Officers for their selfless service and pledged his support for their welfare. 

Honourable Olubumi promised that the Administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is ready to leverage on modern technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the services to the country.

Responding to questions from the Press at the Kuje Correctional facility, the Minister asserted that his visit was to make an on-the-spot assesment of the Centre in order to make corrections where necessary.

He added that Correctional Centres should not be repressive and condemnation centres but true reformative and correctional facilities. He assured that similar visits to other facilities will be carried out across the country.

On the Minister's entourage during the familiarization tour are the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade, Directors in the ministry of Interior and other top management staff.

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