The new Nigerian Minister of Interior, Bunmi Tunji-Ojo, has promised to address the delays experienced by Nigerians in obtaining their passports.
Tunji-Ojo, who met with the acting Comptroller General of the Immigration, Caroline Wuraola-Adepoju, on Tuesday, said that the government was committed to making it easier for Nigerians to get their passports.
“Nigerians should not be made to wait endlessly for what is their right,” he said. “We have to look at the bottleneck and address it.”
Tunji-Ojo also said that the government would deploy technology to secure the borders, complementing human efforts.
“We need to secure our borders and we need to ensure that all borders, whether land, air, or our sea borders, are all protected,” he said. “We have to employ technology to complement and consolidate what you are already doing.”
The minister said that key performance indicators would be used to measure the performance of staff and heads of paramilitary agencies under the ministry.
“There must be timelines and key performance indicators because responsibility without accountability is irresponsibility,” he said.
Tunji-Ojo’s promises come as Nigerians have been complaining about the long delays in obtaining passports. In some cases, people have had to wait for months to get their passports.
The minister’s meeting with the acting Comptroller General of Immigration is seen as a sign that the government is taking the issue seriously.