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No committee has been set up to stop youths from traveling abroad, refutes Ministry of Interior

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The Ministry of Interior of Interior on Saturday explained that no committee has been set up to stop youths from traveling abroad from the country.

The Ministry in a statement signed by one of the staff of it’s Press and Public Relations Unit, Raphael Towoju said the ministry was disturbed to see that the permanent secretary, Dr. Shuaib Belgore was misrepresented to have made the pronouncement that youths would be indiscriminately stopped from traveling out of the country.

The statement read: “This is to clarify the mis-reporting observed with the recent visit of a Presidential Committee to the Ministry of Interior. What the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, said when he received the delivery team from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) on behalf of the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola can be succinctly put thus:

“The Permanent Secretary did not say any Nigerian who is willing and ready to follow the legal channels to travel, should not do so.

“All Nigerians seeking Legal means to travel around the World are free to so do.”

The statement added that: “The Permanent Secretary also said that the committee should work with the Citizenship and Business Department of the Ministry to facilitate opportunities for Youths to benefit from the local content prospects of the Ministry’s Expatriate Quota program thereby creating decent job opportunities for Youths in Nigeria.”

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The Permanent Secretary was quoted to have said. “The Ministry of Interior with its associated agencies remain committed to ensuring security of lives and property of Nigerians, public safety and citizenship integrity of all.”

He noted that among the Presidential Deliverables of the Ministry is full automation of services in the Ministry and its agencies, which includes the new passport regimes and sweeping nation wide reforms witnessed with the Nigeria Immigration Service; aimed at delivering swift and seamless access to citizenship services for Nigerians.

The statement however advised the Nigerian public to be cautious of manipulative misrepresentation of the Federal Government’s intentions, statements or activities.

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