In a significant development, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) announced its ambitious plan to streamline the passport application process, aiming for a swift three-week turnaround for Nigerians. The revelation came during the unveiling of the Igbogbo Passport Front Office in Ikorodu, Lagos State, where Comptroller General Mrs. Caroline Adepoju expressed optimism about the efficiency of the new system.
Adepoju, inaugurated as substantive Comptroller General earlier on Friday, asserted, “I can tell you, barring all technical problems, you should be able to completely apply for your passport, and within three weeks, you should be able to get it.” The announcement reflects the NIS’s commitment to enhancing service delivery and reducing the wait time for passport issuance.
Highlighting the importance of alignment with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Adepoju stressed the need for applicants to register with the same details they provided to NIMC. This synchronization is crucial as the Nigerian passport now features the national identity number, a move aimed at streamlining identification processes.
Furthermore, Adepoju urged individuals with passports nearing expiration to initiate the renewal process at least six months in advance. Recognizing the global implications of passport validity, she emphasized that some countries deny visas to applicants with passports that have less than six months until expiration.
The Igbogbo Passport Front Office, unveiled as Adepoju’s first assignment, received commendation from various stakeholders, including Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Represented by Commissioner for Home Affairs Ibrahim Layode, the Governor praised the Federal Government’s commitment to providing world-class services aligned with global standards.
The Igbogbo office, equipped to accommodate 200 applicants, drew requests for further upgrades from local leaders. Olusesan Daini, Chairman of the Igbogbo-Baiyeku Local Council Development Area, appealed to the Comptroller General to consider elevating the newly inaugurated front office to a full-fledged passport office capable of passport production.
With security a top priority, Daini assured maximum protection for the facility, declaring, “Now that a passport office is here, the security of Igbogbo has become a federal affair.” The Adeboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, Oba Semiudeen Kasali, echoed the sentiment, promising community support for smooth operations at the facility. As the NIS continues its efforts to enhance efficiency and accessibility, the Igbogbo Passport Front Office stands as a symbol of progress in passport services.