The Ministry of Interior is a Federal organ which evolved from the Ministry of Internal Affairs which was created in 1957. The Ministry’s mandate is fostering and ensuring the maintenance of internal security and citizenship integrity for the promotion of good governance of the nation. It has statutory responsibility for the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes on the following:
i. Registration of voluntary organisations
ii. Issuance of expatriate quota allocation
iii. Permit for foreign participation in business
iv. Granting of Nigerian citizenship
v. Seamen’s identity card/certificate
vi. National Day Celebration
vii. National Flag and National Coat of Arms
viii. Coordination of all issues of the Nigeria Prisons Service
ix. Coordination of all issues of the Nigeria Immigrations Service; issues relating to immigration and visa; passport and travel documents; movements of aliens in the country and repatriation of aliens; x. Coordination of all issues relating to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps; and
xi. Coordination of all issues relating to the Federal Fire Service.
The Ministry of Interior also conducts Nigeria’s Internal Policy and International Relations, and other duties related to foreign countries and Nigerians abroad.