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The Nigerian Government has announced its readiness to launch passport front offices in several key cities across the United Kingdom, such as Manchester, Birmingham, and Cardiff (Wales), within the next three months, starting in February 2024.

Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, disclosed this during an interview on Channels Television, addressing the challenges Nigerians face abroad in renewing their passports at foreign missions.

While the minister had earlier cleared the backlog of over 200,000 passports awaiting processing within Nigeria, Nigerians living abroad have expressed concerns over the sluggish pace of their passport renewal and collection procedures.

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What the minister said:-

“I think t. are only two places w. we have this challenge now, realistically. I think in the UK—precisely, in London—and in the US—precisely, in New York. And that has to do with the concentration of Nigerians,” he said.

“T. is no quick fix. But we have ensured Nigerians that by February next year, we will have opened our front offices such that we’ll have front offices in Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff in Wales, and Scotland,”

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“So, once we have this, definitely, it will reduce the stress of Nigerians, it will reduce the waiting period, and of course, it will bring efficiency into the whole passport procurement system,” the minister said.

According to him, the challenge persisted because t. was only one passport office in the entire United Kingdom.

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He mentioned that Nigerians living in distant cities such as Edinburgh (Scotland), Cardiff, Belfast (Northern Ireland), Manchester, or Birmingham had no alternative but to travel to London for their passport renewals.

Given the substantial number of Nigerians residing in the country, the minister stressed the importance of assessing the immigration office’s daily capacity and the volume of passport requests received. 141,000 Nigerians migrated to the United Kingdom (UK) between June 2022 and the year ending June 2023.

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In an earlier interview with ARISE NEWS, he said the government was exploring options for collaboration with the private sector since the government might be unable to afford the creation of passport offices all over.

He noted that establishing passport front offices in several key cities would help curb corruption within the system.

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