Minister slams 'irrational' process for married women to change passport data | Guardian Nigeria News

Minister slams 'irrational' process for married women to change passport data | Headline News

The Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji Ojo, has expressed shock at the red tape that married women go through to change their travel passport data.

At a recent dinner with members of the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu ABAT Media Center in Abuja and some social media influencers, Tunji Ojo said that Nigerians seeking to change their passport data expressed displeasure at the man-made difficulties encountered in doing so.

He said the draconian act of forcing Nigerians, especially married women, to travel to the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) headquarters in Abuja just to have their data changed was nothing short of a “foolish act”.

“One stupid thing I have seen is that when a woman gets married and changes her name, she has to come all the way from, say, Kaura Namoda or Enugu to Abuja just to change the name on her passport. is” . That’s ridiculous,” said Tunji Ojo.

“I don’t understand why I have to be in Abuja when I just want to change my name.

“I asked the immigrants, do you mean that immigrants in Abuja have more heads than immigrants in the state?”

According to the minister, nowhere else in the world are women subjected to such inhuman acts because of their marriage.

Meanwhile, the federal government announced that it will begin automating the passport application process from Monday, January 8, 2024.

This will enable Nigerians to apply and complete the passport application process online without any human contact.

Mr. Tunji Ojo made the announcement during a recent tour of the NIS facility with the Comptroller-General, Ula Ola Adepoju.

He said the automated application system was “99% complete”, adding that the process included uploading passport photos and supporting documents.


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