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  In a bid to ensure that Nigerians get their International Passports in an easy and faster manner, the Federal Government has launched an Express initiative aimed at achieving this goal.
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The Nigerian government in partnership with the private sector has inaugurated an Immigration Service Passport Express Centre to enable the government to offer passport services to citizens and avail their passports in a maximum of 72 hours after successful application. This information was made public by the country’s Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, via a social media statement on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, after the inauguration in Abuja. The Minister emphasized the fact that it is the right of every Nigerian to possess a Nigerian passport, and it is the duty of the government to ensure that.
‘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 within a maximum of 72 hours of a successful application.’ Rauf Aregbesola

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Commenting further, the minister noted that the highest premium service of the new platform will see citizens get their passports after just 24 hours of application.
‘It will also afford Nigerians the opportunity of getting their passports within 24hrs, at the high premium service, and 72hrs at the ordinary premium service, albeit with added value and a little bit of extra cost. A centre like this is necessary to reduce stress. Secondly, by minimising human contact, it eliminates the prospect of corruption.’ Aregbesola
Aside from ensuring convenience in the application process, the development is laudable as it will see Nigerians easily obtain passports when compared to the past when they had to go through a lot of stress in the process. Source: Nairametrics Featured Image Source: Businessday NG
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This article was first published on 31st March 2021


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