The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has implored Nigerians to stop patronizing touts and unscrupulous officials when applying for passports.
He made the appeal during the rollout of the enhanced e-passport and inauguration of Ibadan passport production Centre on Monday in Ibadan.
He stated that the timeline for the process of passport application for new applicant was six weeks maximum and three weeks maximum for renewal.
Aregbesola said the Federal Government has taken steps to ensure that holders of Nigerian passports are indeed Nigerians.
He said, “Part of the reforms is the migration of passport application and payments to digital platforms. But we regret to observe that applicants still patronize touts and unscrupulous officials in the hope to beat the system and get expedited services. When they were disappointed, they come to report to us.
“Of course, we have zero tolerance for corruption and subversion of due process. We therefore take seriously any such report and invoke the necessary disciplinary measures.
“But I will implore applicants to stop patronizing touts and our officials directly. Follow the process we put in place. Apply for passports and pay online.
“The only engagement with our staff is the enrolment of your biometrics. Patronizing touts and passport office officials doesn’t always end well, but rather serves to defeat our purpose of eliminating corruption and infusing integrity to the passport administration process.
“Our template stipulates maximum six weeks for obtaining new passports and maximum three weeks for renewal.
“We work within this schedule to enable us investigate any claims made by applicants and verify them, for the final document we issue them to have integrity.”