Please, make pass­ports avail­able

Sunday Trust - - VIEWPOINT - Rakiya Aminu wrote from Jos, Plateau State.

Iam call­ing on the Im­mi­gra­tion boss and the Min­is­ter of In­te­rior to look into the pass­port is­sue. For some­time now, pass­port book­lets have been scarce, a devel­op­ment which has caused many Nige­ri­ans to miss sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties.

There is ab­so­lutely no rea­son why a cit­i­zen will not be able to ob­tain a pass­port when nec­es­sary. It is em­bar­rass­ing that some peo­ple have to wait for six months af­ter ap­ply­ing to ob­tain the pass­port. The Im­mi­gra­tion boss and the min­is­ter of In­te­rior should think of ways of tack­ling this is­sue, as it does not do well for the im­age of the coun­try.

This also comes down to one of our ma­jor prob­lems- which is our love for things made out­side this coun­try. Why are our pass­ports not made in Nige­ria? Had it been they were made here, we will not have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing scarcity. Some­thing should be done about it.

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