Advertisment

Nigeria's Passport Application Process Nears Automation

author-image
Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
New Update
Nigeria's Passport Application Process Nears Automation

The Nigerian Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has announced that the automation of passport applications in Nigeria is nearing completion and is slated to be operational by next week. In a recent interview on Channels Television's Politics Today, Tunji-Ojo revealed that the automated system is now 99% ready, with only the biometric capture process remaining to be integrated at immigration centers. In a landmark step designed to revolutionize the passport application process, all other aspects, including uploading photos and documents, will be facilitated remotely.

Advertisment

As part of a broader initiative to streamline and simplify bureaucratic processes, the Ministry of Interior has undertaken significant reforms to overhaul the previously chaotic system of passport applications. The new automated process not only aims to make life easier for Nigerian citizens but also seeks to ensure a seamless, uncomplicated experience. With these changes in place, applicants will need to visit the immigration office solely for the purpose of biometric capture, thereby significantly reducing the time spent on enrollment.

Addressing the Backlog

Minister Tunji-Ojo also provided an update on the status of international passports awaiting collection. Of the total 204,322 passports ready for collection, only 99,901 have been picked up to date. This backlog, inherited from the previous administration, has been a long-standing issue that the Minister has pledged to address.

This imminent automation of passport applications signifies a pivotal step towards enhancing bureaucratic efficiency in Nigeria. By enabling the majority of the passport application process to be completed online, the Ministry of Interior is demonstrating a commitment to leveraging technology to improve public services. The anticipated launch of the automated system next week represents not just an advance in passport application procedures, but also a broader move towards digital transformation and efficiency in Nigerian bureaucracy.

Advertisment
Advertisment