In a significant stride towards modernization, Interior Minister Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo confirmed on Monday that Nigeria’s passport application process would transition into full automation, set to commence operations on January 8, 2024. The minister had previously unveiled the Federal Government’s commitment to this technological advancement in December, emphasizing that the automated system was nearing completion.
During an inspection of the Nigeria Immigration Service facilities in Abuja, Minister Tunji-Ojo, accompanied by the Comptroller General of the Service, Wura-Ola Adepoju, reiterated the government’s commitment to launching a seamless and contactless passport application experience for Nigerians.
The minister emphasized the completion of the training process, paving the way for the live implementation of the automated system. He expressed confidence that starting on January 8, Nigerians would have the opportunity to apply for and complete their passport applications entirely online, minimizing the need for human contact.
“We are good to go live. We are starting the training, and on January 8, the solution will be live and direct for Nigerians to have a good feel, a sweet experience based on the Renewed Hope of Mr. President,” Minister Tunji-Ojo affirmed. He further highlighted that the initiative aligns with the government’s vision to reduce human contact in passport acquisition to the minimum.
In addition to the convenience and efficiency brought about by the digital transition, the minister underscored the potential improvement in the country’s security architecture. The automated system is expected to facilitate quick detection of fake passport applications, thereby enhancing national security and streamlining the passport acquisition process by reducing bottlenecks.
As Nigeria prepares to embrace the era of digital passport applications, the move is seen as a positive step towards modernization and improved service delivery, aligning with the government’s commitment to harness technology for the benefit of its citizens.