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Nigeria launches groundbreaking online passport application portal in stride towards full automation

Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, unveils the inaugural digital platform for passport applications, aiming to streamline the process and enhance efficiency.

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In a significant step towards modernization, Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, is set to inaugurate the nation’s premier online portal for passport applications today in Abuja. The unveiling follows a demonstration session held on Friday, where the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Caroline Adepoju, joined the minister to showcase the functionalities of the digital platform.

Dr. Tunji-Ojo announced the establishment of the online passport application platform, catering to both international and Nigerian applicants. This move aligns with the Federal Government’s commitment to achieving a fully automated system for passport applications across the country. The minister had previously declared in December that the automation process was “99 percent done,” detailing features such as uploading passport photos and supporting documents.

Under the new system, Nigerian applicants opting for 32-page passports with a five-year validity period will be required to pay N25,000. Those seeking 64-page passports with a 10-year validity period will incur a fee of N70,000. Foreign applicants choosing 32-page passports with a five-year validity period will pay $130, while those opting for 64-page passports with a 10-year validity period will pay $230. All applications must be submitted through the official portal at https://passport.immigration.gov.ng.

Distinguished figures present at the event included Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission; Stephen Matete, a representative of the International Organization for Migration; Joe Abah, Country Manager of Development Alternatives Incorporated; Tijjani Musa, Founder of Kwandala Foundation; and David Afolayan, Co-Founder of Technext. Their attendance underscored the significance of this transformative leap in the realm of passport processing, marking a pivotal moment for Nigeria’s immigration landscape.

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