The Federal Government has revealed plans to commence home delivery of Nigerian passports to applicants.
This means that Nigerians would not have to queue at any immigration office nationwide for their passports again.
This was revealed by the Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, from February 2024, passports will be delivered to homes, offices, and other locations.
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The minister said this on Monday at the opening ceremony of the International Week of the University Of Lagos, titled, ‘Breaking the Borders of Partnership.’
Tunji-Ojo said that by January next year, Nigerians would be able to complete the application process online.
He said, “We have commenced the automation of our end-to-end passport application process, and we have given a timeline from which Nigerians will begin to experience the “sweet experience.”
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“By implication, Nigerians will not need to wait longer than two weeks before they get their passport. By January next year, Nigerians will be able to complete this application process online, and by February next year, with collaboration and partnership with other relevant stakeholders, Nigerians will have their passports delivered to their homes, offices, and other locations of their choice.
“This, of course, would be extended to our visa application process. We are deploying technology throughout the entire process to make it as seamless as possible. To achieve this, we have set everything into motion to open 12 more visa application centers worldwide. In this regard, we are also working on strengthening our visa-on-arrival policy. We are working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to enforce the principle of reciprocity, and a committee has been set up in the ministry to achieve this.”
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Speaking further, the minister reiterated that there were issues of duplication of registration of identity numbers, such as issues with BVN in the bank, the international passport, the NIN, and SIM card registration by telecoms.
He lamented that there was a duplication of registration of identity numbers in the country, including the BVN in the bank, the international passport, the NIN, and SIM card registration by telecoms.
Tunji-Ojo revealed that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu had given the directive for harmonizing the various identity numbers in the country, stating that harmonizing data would restore the integrity of travel documents.
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“Identity is who we are, what we are, and what we live for. But today, what we have is a duplication of our registration. We have the BVN in the bank, the international passport, the NIN, SIM card registration by telecos, and so on, all of which request your data. The integrity of our travel documents must be restored through the harmonisation of our data.