The Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has charged heads of agencies under the ministry on the need for effective and efficient service delivery.
This is contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the minister, Mr Alao Babatunde on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to Babatunde, the minister stated this during a meeting with the Acting Comptroller-General of Immigration, Adepoju Wura-Ola, and Controller-General of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Haliru Nababa.
“I’m here to let you people know that the President is not interested in excuses. We must work and deliver.
“Let me know your challenges. I am here to help you solve them. When you solve them and record successes, I am also successful.
“Nigerians should not have to queue endlessly to get passports. No, this must stop. This is not the Nigeria of our dream,”he said.
The minister stressed the need for the heads to come together to deploy and invest their expertise to resolve whatever challenges before them.
He reminded them that Nigerians would take them upon their promises, hence any officer or officers not ready for the rigorous process would have no choice than to give way.
Tunj-Ojo further said that the new administration was not interested in the usual talks and essay presentations, but actions to deliver value and growth.
‘Talks have not taken us anywhere as a nation. We must get it right. The ministry of interior is the heart of any nation.
“It is my job to ensure the ministry is working,”he added.
The minister underscored the importance of leveraging technology as a means to enhancing efficiency, and accuracy within the immigration and correctional services.
He said the implementation of advanced technological solutions could significantly reduce delays and streamline the handling of critical challenges.
“Technology has the potential to revolutionise our immigration and correctional systems, making them more agile and responsive.
“All I care, we need to embrace innovation and find ways to overcome the current challenges that often lead to bottlenecks in our processes.
“Our country is a great and important country. Let’s live up to expectations,” he said.