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Three passport front offices in UK ready by February 2024: Interior Minister

The minister said that the move would reduce the waiting period.

• November 29, 2023
Nigerian passports
Nigerian passports

The Federal Government has disclosed plans to open passport front offices in major cities across the United Kingdom in the next three months.

The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, disclosed this on Tuesday, in an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Addressing concerns of Nigerians in the diaspora over challenges of passport re-issuance at foreign missions, the minister listed Manchester, Birmingham, and Cardiff (Wales) as the locations to site the offices.

Mr Tunji-Ojo said: “I think there are only two places where we have this challenge now, realistically. I think in the UK, precisely, London and in the US, precisely, in New York. And that has to do with the concentration of Nigerians.

“There is no quick fix. But we have assured Nigerians that by February next year, we would have opened our front offices such that we’ll have front offices in Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff in Wales, and Scotland.

“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 assured,

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