The Federal Government through the Ministry of Interior has revealed its set to transform citizenship management and business administration in Nigeria.
This was made known by the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, on Thursday in Abuja, during the unveiling of a new handbook on Citizenship Administration in Nigeria.
He emphasized that if the provisions in the document are followed, it would help develop the country.
The handbook prescribed conditions for the acquisition of citizenship by foreigners and citizens born outside Nigeria by Nigerian parents, among others.
It also prescribed conditions for “citizenship by investment,” amongst which is “evidence of the required amount for investment,” pegged at a minimum of one million United States dollars.
Tunji-Ojo hinted that the document was capable of transforming the management of citizenship and business administration in Nigeria like never before.
He said, “A greater Nigeria is here. You and I are here for a Nigeria that will work for all of us, both the strong and the weak, the rich and the poor. With the Renewed Hope Agenda, what Nigerians are yearning for has come to stay. There is no need for anybody to shake hands before you can do business here.
“We practicalise what has been codified in the handbook, Nigeria will grow at a rate that’s proportionate with its rich human and material resources.
“We have taken a critical look at the Citizenship Administration in Nigeria together with major stakeholders, especially the Ministry of Justice and made far-reaching amendments to the document in a way that the country would become better in all aspects of life. ”
He also hoped that the handbook would help bolster the security of the country.
Tunji-Ojo stated, “It is therefore our hope that what has been codified in the handbook will be a reality to enhance internal security in terms of entrance and exiting, granting of business permits, naturalization, and the protection of marriage institutions in Nigeria.”