FG worried over rate of Nigerian youths renouncing citizenship

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Nigerian youths are reportedly renouncing their citizenship and the federal government is very alarmed at the rate at which it’s happening.

According to the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who stated this during the Ministerial Alignment Meeting of the Presidential Task Force on Deliverables for Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government urged young Nigerians to stop renouncing their citizenship, noting that the trend was worrinsome and counterproductive.

Mr Aregbesola, through the ministry’s permanent secretary Shuaib Belgore, assured the general public that the government would put mechanisms in place to engage young Nigerians in productive activities.

A committee would be set up in the ministry with stakeholders to oversee the operations and implementation of the deliverables.

At the meeting, the Director, Planning Research and Statistics (PRS) in the Ministry, Kabiru Ayuba, was announced as the committee chairman, alongside representatives of the four services under the ministry and other relevant officers.

The passport issuance by the Nigeria Immigration Service has been suspended to enable it clear the backlog. It had also announced a new date for passport application for June 1 but now, it has been extended to June 8.

Unemployment in Nigeria is at a record 33.3 per cent , with youths affected.

The Comptroller General of NIS, Muhammed Babandede, said 230,500 passport applications had been cleared and the passports produced, while 43,350 passports had yet to be collected.

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