Passport application automation begins on Jan. 8 - Minister

Passport Application Automation Begins January 8

The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has confirmed that the passport application automation process will begin operations on January 8, 2024.

He added that Nigerians will be able to apply for and complete the passport application process online without human contact.

Tunji-Ojo, who was speaking during the inspection of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) premises, alongside the Comptroller General (CG) of the Service, Wura-Ola Adepoju, made this disclosure on Monday, January 1, in Abuja.

The Minister said that the ministry has started the training process that will lead to the live launch of the automation.

He said: “We are ready to go live. We are starting the training and on January 8th the solution will be live and direct so that Nigerians have a good feeling, a sweet experience based on the Renewed Hope of Mr. President.

“We managed to reduce human contact when acquiring passports to a minimum.”

He also added that the initiative will improve the country's security architecture, allowing rapid detection of false passport applications and reducing bottlenecks.

Tunji-Ojo emphasized the government’s commitment to eliminating the use of false documents in passport applications. He announced the deployment of document verification officers in all local government areas to thoroughly scrutinize passport applications across the country.

It is worth remembering that in November 2023 the Minister announced that the federal government is working to guarantee a fully automated passport application system in the country. At the time, the minister said that the automated application system was “99% ready” (read here).

Source: www.lindaikejisblog.com

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