Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, says he is committed to clearing the backlog of passport applications and issuance latest May 31st.
Aregbesola stated this on Friday when he received the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa and management staff of the commission in Abuja.
Aregbesola explained that the Ministry of Interior has introduced sweeping reforms as it concerns passport application and issuance.
According to Aregbesola: “Whoever holds a Nigerian passport is a bona fide citizen who must be treated with dignity and respect.”
On managing migration, Aregbesola promised to work with strategic agencies to see that migration is profitable to the migrant and to the country of stay and homeland.
He also applauded NIDCOM for its giant strides so far describing the Commission as a veritable tool for strong and worthy engagement with the Nigerian Diaspora.
Aregbesola further said government will holistically look into the issue of historic African diaspora whose forefathers were taken away as slaves and who had done their DNA which identified them as Nigerians and are requesting Nigerian citizenship.