Aregbesola Commissions NIS Passport Express Centre In  Abuja

 

 

* Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola at the commissioning of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS)Passport Express Centre in Maitama , Abuja today.

…Says Establishment In Line With Int’l Best Practice, Executive Order 1

…Urges  Agency Personnel To Explore, Develop,  Innovative, Technologically Driven Ideas  
As part of efforts to  make passport Issuance process less stressful and more efficient,  the Minister of Interior , Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola today commissioned the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS)Passport Express Centre in Maitama , Abuja .

According to the Minister  the commissioning of the Centre is  not only in line with international best practice but also in conformity with the Executive Order 1 on the ease of doing business in Nigeria, which was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari  in 2017 and to generate employment opportunities for Nigerians.

The Minister, who  said this while delivering his  speech at the  commissioning of the NIS Passport Express Centre in Maitama, Abuja, explained that  the facility which was established in partnership with the private sector is the  first of many more to be established and designed to offer specialized services to Nigerians.

The Centre, Aregbesola further stated would offer value added service to all Nigerians, irrespective of their status; socially, politically and economically.

This, he stated implies that the centre would serve the passport needs of Nigerians, who may be desirous of premium services.

According to him, “This centre we are gathered here to commission today, is in response to the yearnings of the general public for the Ministry of Interior and the Nigeria Immigration Service to devise additional ways that the Passport Issuance process can be less stressful and more efficient.  It is the future. The goal is to have a facility like this in every county in the country,”

He continued, “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 in maximum of 72 hours of a successful application. Where there are issues, the applicant must be notified within 48 hours.”

A centre like this, the Minister hinted is necessary to reduce stress, minimizing human contact and  eliminates the prospect of corruption.

He said that in addition to the above, the sudden emergence of COVID-19 in the  world today has not only affected our health, but that  it has also affected the way we do business and interact socially.
Aregbesola said that as Nigerians continue to adjust to the ‘New Normal’, NIS  by this initiative, has decentralizing the passport issuing process by bringing it to the doorstep of Nigerians and that the Passport Express Centre came at the right time.

The commencement of the operations of this world class facility, he stated would not only offer Nigerians services of convenience and pleasure by taking away the hitherto stress in the conventional passport offices.

* CGI-Babandede at the commissioning of the Nigeria Immigration Service Passport Express Centre in Maitama, Abuja-today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The establishment of the centre according to him will also afford Nigerians the opportunity of getting their passports within 24 hours, at the high premium service and 72 hours at the ordinary premium service, albeit with added value and a little bit of extra cost.

He said that the world today is not only at the tip of technological revolution but also  technologically driven  and  that  Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind.

The Minister urged NIS personnel to continue to explore and develop innovative and technologically driven ideas aimed at repositioning the NIS to compete favourably with its counterparts all over the world without prejudice to national security.

NIS, he pointed out  has no choice but to rise to the challenges and deliver efficient, effective and satisfactory service to Nigerians as nothing short of this will be entertained.

“I am glad that the Ministry of Interior and the Nigeria Immigration Service are together making history in the cause of actualizing the noble objectives of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari,, to provide quality leadership and governance and bring the greatest goods to the highest number of people.

“We are still only in the first quarter of the year 2021 and I must say it is already a year of many wins and positive transformation in the history of the NIS.

“Earlier this month, we commissioned the Data Management Centre of the agency. Not long ago, we presented the electronic temporary passport for Nigerians abroad that do not have the regular passports but need a one way travel document to return to Nigeria.Then again, last week, the annual report of the agency was presented to the public. For this and more, the NIS deserves commendation. ” Aregbesola said.

The Minister of Interior said that these feats would not have been achievable without the unwavering support and sterling leadership of President Buhari ,who has supported the Ministry and especially the NIS, adding that his thanks and admiration for the President is without reservation.

He also commended the personnel of  NIS in conjunction with its technical partners for executing this initiative.

 

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