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The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has promised that applicants will soon begin to get Nigerian passports within 24 hours.

The minister also in a statement on Sunday said passport would be issued in each of the 774 local government areas in the country to reduce the problem of getting it.

Aregbesola, who is a former governor of Osun State, said this at the newly inaugurated Maitama Passport Express Centre.

He explained that the Nigeria Immigration Service Passport Express Centre, Maitama, Abuja, was established in partnership with the private sector to make passport issuance more convenient and quick.

Aregbesola stated that the opening of the centre, which signified the inauguration of the Passport Issuance Decentralization policy of the administration, was the first of many more to be established in every local government area in Nigeria and designed to offer specialised services to Nigerians.