Yemi Osinbajo

Nigeria’s acting President Yemi Osinbajo has warned officials caught soliciting for or receiving bribes for visas will be sacked and prosecuted.

He said this as he signed three executive orders that aim to radically speed up the notoriously slow Nigerian bureaucracy.

One of the orders instructs all government agencies to publish all requirements or conditions for obtaining their services or products, including permits and licences on their websites.

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It also says all applications for business registrations, certification, waivers, licenses or permits not concluded on time shall be deemed approved.

This could radically change how things are done in Nigeria.

Currently, when you apply for anything from Nigerian officials, you either pay bribes to get it done as quickly as possible or you wait for the bureaucratic wheel to complete its sluggish turn at an indeterminate period in future.

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