VP Osinbajo expresses support for AU passport

Timothy Choji

As the Africa Union AU plans to introduce e a passport for the people of the continent, Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo says if adopted, it will be a good move that will enhance the movement of people, goods and services within the African continent.

Professor Osinbajo made his view known in an interview in Kigali, Rwanda, where he is representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the 27th AU summit.

“Introducing the African Passport is a very important step in that whole process of free movement of people and creating an effective trade zone on the continent It is a symbolic gesture, since we have not yet fully agreed on all of the free movement of gods and services,” he said.

Professor Osinbajo said the step being taken will foretell the future of trade in Africa.


He said enhanced integration among member states would help achieve the main objective of the AU.

“Integration is really the primary objective of the AU because the only way to benefit from our coming together is to be able to provide a common front in commerce and international politics,” the Vice President said.

Professor Osinbajo said Africa needs to maximize its market size because it’s a huge market and if countries on the continent work together, they will achieve a lot.