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International passport will now be processed within 2 weeks – Minister

Minister of Interior, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has assured Nigerians that they will not have to wait more than two weeks to get an international passport henceforth.

Tunji-Ojo made this declaration on Wednesday, October 4 at a press briefing in Abuja while updating citizens on the state of passport backlog in the country.

He earlier said the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has cleared all the 204,332 passport application backlogs.

“No one will ever wait for two weeks to get passports again. If you apply and have been captured, you will get your passport within two weeks,” he stated.

The minister had on September 7, given a two-week ultimatum to the NIS to clear all passport application backlogs.

Meanwhile, in other news…

Founder of the Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel), Bishop David Oyedepo has cautioned youths against the rush to leave Nigeria for greener pastures known as ‘japa’ syndrome.

This was also as he advised government to invest massively in citizens to restore the lost glory of Nigeria. Oyedepo said human capital development remains the most viable stock of any nation.

The pastor also urged government to take education funding seriously because it is the bedrock of sustainable national development.

Oyedepo further said that an enabling environment for young Nigerians would reduce the number of citizens leaving the country.

He also warned about the dangers of being in a strange land, noting that many youths are stranded in foreign countries but cannot return because of shame.

The cleric added; “Parents need to reorientate their children. We all need to stay in Nigeria to rebuild. Everyone has a part to play in the recovery of his nation”.