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Nigerians to enjoy ‘sweet experience’ with home delivery of passports from January 2024 –Tunji-Ojo

*Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Minister for Interior, reveals Nigerian consumers will begin to experience the ‘sweetness’ of the passport application, processing and issuance by January 2024, as the Ministry has started automation of the entire process

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In line with the Federal Government’s automation of the end-to-end passport application, processing abd production process, Mr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Honourable Minister for Interior, has disclosed Nigerians will begin to have their passports delivered to them at home, offices, and other places of choice from January 2024.

Tunji-Ojo stated this while speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2023 University of Lagos (UNILAG) International Week Monday, October 9, 2023, in Lagos State.

ConsumerConnect reports the Minister explained that Nigerian passport applicants for the document would soon begin to experience the “sweetness” of the passport application as the ministry has started the automation of the process.

Tunji-Ojo noted: “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’.”

He also explained that “Nigerians will not need to wait longer than two weeks before they get their passport.

The Minister stated: “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.”

He equally stated: 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.”

Strategies for delivering on regulatory mandate

On the manner of implementing the policy decision from next January, Tunji-Ojo said: “To achieve this, we have set everything into motion to open more visa application centres across the world.

“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 the doctrine of reciprocity, and a committee has been set up in the ministry to achieve this.”

Besides, the Minister for Interior stressed the integrity of travel documents would be restored via data harmonisation.

“Identity is who we are, what we are, and what we live for. But today, what we have is a duplication of our registration.

“Arguably, Nigeria is the only country I know that has a BVN for the bank, the international passport, the NIN, SIM card registration for Telcos, and so on all of which request your data.

“The integrity of our travel documents must be restored through the harmonisation of our data,” said the Minister.

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