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No Passport Booklet Shortage Again In Nigeria – FG; Deploys 10,000 Booklets To New P/Harcourt Passport Production Centre

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There is no shortage of booklets again for the production of passport in Nigeria, the Federal Government has revealed.

This was made known by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, at the commissioning of the Enhanced Passport Production Centre in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital on Tuesday, 9 August, 2022. The newly commissioned passport centre will now be responsible for the production of passport demands from Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States.

“We have left no stone unturned in our quest to make passports available to Nigerians. Last year alone, we provided 1.3 million passports to Nigerians. As of today, there is no booklets shortage in Nigeria.

“As at the second quarter of this year (in June), the NIS have provided 645,000 passports out of the 750,000 applications received. To address the challenge of the backlog, we have sent 11,000 booklets to Ikoyi, 11,000 to Alausa and 8,000 to FESTAC centres in Lagos.

“We have also sent sufficient booklets to all the centres nationwide to address this challenge. There is therefore no excuse again for delay and non-issuance within a reasonable period,” Minister told the cheering public.

The Minister also urged the listening public to make sure they apply by themselves online to avoid being shortchanged by unscrupulous elements.

“I will urge applicants for the Nigerian passport to apply early enough before their travel date to avoid cutting corners and falling into the hands of scammers and other opportunists. It is important also that they apply by themselves at the Nigeria Immigration Service portal and not through touts and unscrupulous officials, which often bring heartaches.

“We have provided a window of six weeks and three weeks for fresh application and renewal respectively, after biometric data capture, by which time, other things being equal, the passport will be ready for collection. This timeline is to enable NIS investigate and validate the claims of applicants and confer integrity on the passport issued. It is a reasonable provision in passport administration by global standard. There is no wait-and-get passport service anywhere in the world. The only wait-and-get passport is passport-sized photograph from Polaroid camera,” the Minister stated.

The Minister further stated that the Passport Production Centre launched today will serve applicants from Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States, but was quick to add that it doesn’t confer any advantage or disadvantage on any of the centres, noting that a deployment of 10,000 booklets has been deployed to serve the fours states with immediate effect. He also stated that there are currently no backlogs in any of the four states.

“The production centre we are launching today will serve Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States for production purpose only. It doesn’t confer any advantage or disadvantage on the applicants in any of the four states. It’s simply a production centre.

“We have also delivered 10,000 passports to this centre. This is in addition to the fact that there are no backlogs to be cleared. In some advanced countries we often like to cite, it takes months to procure their passports. But in addition to the standardized timeline, we have also introduced tracking mechanism in the application process, to enable applicants monitor the progress of their application.

“We are also introducing data capture centres all over the country before the end of this year, to eliminate physical contacts with NIS officials. We shall continue to introduce necessary and available innovations to passport administration in order to best serve applicants in our quest for establishing citizenship integrity,” the Minister stated.

While speaking, Governor Nyesom Wike, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Ipalibo Gogo Banigo, promised to continue to support the Nigeria Immigration Service in the state, as it was the policy of his administration.

“We would continue to support the Nigeria Immigration Service, just as we provided the building now housing the production centre.

“Just as we provide support to all security agencies in the state and in particular, the agencies under the ministry of Interior, we would continue to prioritize the welfare of the citizens of the state,” Gov. Wike stated.

During his opening address, Acting Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Idris Isah Jere, revealed that the service will no longer condone any act of indiscipline by officer, noting that they must be professional in carrying out their assigned duties.

Also at the event were: the General Officer Commanding, 6 Division, Nigerian Army, represented by Brig. General EC Echebuwe; Commander, 115 Special Operations Group, Group Captain AA Opaleye; Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command, Mr. Friday, Eboka; Controller of Customs, Rivers State Command, Dappa Williams; Rivers State Director, Department of State Services, Mr. Mohammed Shittu; Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Umar Salisu Galadunchi; Rivers State Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mark Balm; amongst other dignitaries.

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Wale Tinubu Congratulates President Tinubu, VP Shettima

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Group Chief Executive, Oando Group, Mr. Wale Tinubu has sent his heartfelt congratulations to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his Vice, Kashim Shettima.

The Oando boss, in a statement yesterday, said the antecedents of the former Lagos State governor showed that he would lead a government that would provide transformational leadership and take the country to higher level.

In the message he also assured Nigerians should hope for economic prosperity and transformation.  He stated this in his congratulatory message to the new President who assumed office on Monday.
‘’I extend my heartfelt congratulations to His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his Deputy, His Excellency Kashim Shettima on the occasion of your inauguration. With your exceptional leadership, I am confident that our great nation will experience a new era of transformational leadership, economic prosperity, and renewed hope.
“I eagerly anticipate a united, peaceful, and safe Nigeria for all under your visionary guidance.
“I wish you both excellent health and an illustrious tenure, and pray that Allah (SWT) bestows upon you the strength, courage, and tenacity required to propel Nigeria forward,” he said

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Nasiru Haladu Danu Bags OFR National Awards

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Prominent businessman, Alhaji Nasiru Danu is among the 339 persons nominated on merit by the federal government to receive national honours.
Recall that the federal government announced the recipients of 2023 national awards on Sunday.
Alhaji Danu was nominated for Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).
Apart from his track record in business, Danu has a burning desire for humanity.
Positively affecting the lives of the less privileged is paramount to Danu. He has successfully impacted on the needy through his foundation known as The Nasiru Haladu Danu Medical Mission Foundation.
The foundation has engaged in philanthropic projects like the free medical mission in Dutse, Jigawa State where about 5,000 people including men, women and children received medical attention from American medical specialists.

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‘’An Iroko has Fallen in Yorubaland’’- K1 De Ultimate

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Fuji music star, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, M.O.N otherwise known as K1 De Ultimate has joined millions of Nigerians to mourn the passing of the founder of First City Monument Bank, FCMB, Otunba Subomi Balogun.

In a statement personally signed by the Mayegun of Yorubaland he stated that Yorubaland has  lost a great man.

‘’It is a great shock to learn about the exit of a foremost son of Ijebuland, a generous philanthropist, Chief Micheal Olasubomi Balogun, the founder of First City Monument  Bank (FCMB), among several other establishments.

With his exit, Ijebuland just lost one of its pillars, an enviable character and a stylish price. A strict disciplinarian, business magnate and source of pride to the whole of Ijebuland. 

I commiserate with the Awujale Of Ijebuland, the people of Ijebuland, Ogun state and the whole of Yorubaland over the transition of the direct descendant of Oba Tunwase of Ijebu-Ode, Chief Balogun who holds the chieftaincy titles of Otunba Tunwase of Ijebuland, the Olori Omoba of Ijebuland and the Asiwaju of Ijebu Christians amongst several others. 

I pray that Almighty Allah will console all of us especially those he left behind and his legacy will be protected in his memory as good son of Ijebuland’’ He stated.

Yesterday, Friday, the boardroom guru, breathed his last in London at 89. The demise was that of a titan whose footprints were golden tracks across different aspects of the Nigerian society. 

A renowned legal practitioner who participated in the drafting of the act that initiated Nigeria’s independence, his feats as a banker have been woven into tales teaching younger generations grit, focus and management of success. 

He was a high-ranking Ijebu aristocrat from Ogun state with a litany of titles like Otunba Tunwase, the Olori Omo-oba of Ijebu, Baba Oba of Ijebu-Ife and the Asalu-Oba of Ijebu Mushin.

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