Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has disclosed that the Nigeria Immigration Service is working to ensure that all outstanding passport applications are issued on the 31st of May.
This is coming after several months of delay in the issuance of passports as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The minister noted that from the 1st of June, passports would be issued within six weeks in the country.
However, the minister said the Nigerian government had launched an electronic temporary passport to reduce the stress of obtaining passports by Nigerians.
Aregbesola made this known in an online inaugural quarterly lecture series of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission titled: “Mobilising Nigerians in the Diaspora for National Development.”
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, who was also present at meeting assured Nigerians abroad that diaspora voting may be realised soon.
Pointing at the efforts of the Federal Government, Dada said the Nigerian government had created an enabling environment for diaspora investment through the annual diaspora investment summit.
He also said plans were on to capture the data of Nigerians in the diaspora, adding that coperation to a large extent will determine the success of the exercise.