FG Announce Plans For Home Delivery Of Nigerian Passports

The Federal Government has announced plans to commence home delivery of Nigerian passports to applicants.
This implies that Nigerians would not have to wait in line for their passports ever again at any immigration office nationwide.
Passports will be sent to homes, offices, and other locations starting in February 2024, according to Interior Minister Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo.
At the International Week of the University of Lagos’ opening event, headlined “Breaking the Borders of Partnership,” the minister made this known on Monday.
According to Tunji-Ojo, Nigerians will be able to submit their applications online by January of the next year.
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.”
“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.”
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.
“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.
“We have the directive of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, under the Renewed Hope Agenda, to harmonise the country’s database. When we harmonise our data, there will be an exchange amongst agencies such that when our people need data for passport and visa applications, or BVN, with their NIN, their data can be pulled out. This will not only save us stress, cost, and energy but also help us optimise our processes and the country’s security architecture,” he added.
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