The Federal Government on Monday says the delivery of passport to Nigerians will begin in 2024.
This news was broke by the Minister of Interior Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo during the 2023 University of Lagos International Week opening ceremony in Lagos on Monday.
According to the Minister the new passport application processe will see Nigerians having their passports delivered to them at their chosen locations, including homes and offices.
All Legit News gathered that the automation of the passport application process initiative aims to ensure a seamless experience.
Tunji-Ojo confirmed that comes January, online passport applications will be possible, and by February, passport delivery services will be available in locations.
In his words, Nigerians should not be waiting more than two weeks to have their passports once every plans are followed.
He added that the President Bola Ahmed Tinubi-led government plans to enhance visa application processes and strengthen the visa-on-arrival policy.
The Minister also emphasized on the need of data harmonization to restore the integrity of travel documents.
Minister Tunji-Ojo 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 more visa application centres across the world,” the minister added.
“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.”