The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that the automation of the passport application process will begin on January 8. Nigerians will be able to apply for and complete their passport application online without needing to interact with anyone in person. This automation will enhance the security of the country and improve the convenience for citizens. The government aims to eliminate the submission of fake documents for passport applications and has implemented document verification officers in every local government area to scrutinize applications.
The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, directed the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to upgrade their systems and automate the passport application processes in line with global best practices. The NIS has been given until the end of the month to activate the contract agreement, including the Advanced Passenger Information Service, which will aid in border security.
Another reform that will be implemented is passport tracking, which will allow applicants to track the processing of their passports from application to issuance through their mobile phones. These measures are expected to speed up the application process.