Beginning in February 2024, passport home delivery will be available

    From February 2024, Nigerians will be able to have their passports delivered to their homes, places of business, and other locations of their choosing, according to Interior Minister Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo.

    At the University of Lagos’ International Week’s opening ceremony on Monday, titled “Breaking the Borders of Partnership,” Tunji-Ojo said that Nigerians would be allowed to submit their applications online by January of the next year.

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    He declared, “We have started automating our complete passport application process, and we have provided a timeframe from which Nigerians would start to enjoy the “sweet experience.”

    “It follows that Nigerians won’t have to wait more than two weeks to receive their passport. Nigerians will be able to submit this application online by January of next year, and thanks to cooperation and partnerships with other important stakeholders, they will be able to receive their passports delivered to their homes, offices, and other preferred locations by February of that same year.

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    “Of course, this would also apply to our visa application procedure. To make the procedure as seamless as possible, we are using technology at every stage. We have started the process of opening 12 new visa application centers throughout the world in order to accomplish this. In this context, we are also attempting to make our visa-on-arrival program stronger. A committee has been established within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help enforce the principle of reciprocity, and we are collaborating with them on this.

    He lamented the duplication of identity number registration across the country, including the telecos’ SIM card registration, the bank’s BVN, and the NIN on an international passport.

    President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has directed the consolidation of the country’s various identification numbers, according to Tunji-Ojo.

    The standardization of data, he continued, would restore the reliability of travel documentation.

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    Identity is what makes us who we are, what we do, and why we live. But what we actually have right now is a duplicate of our registration. We have forms that ask for your data, such the BVN in the bank, the international passport, the NIN, SIM card registration by telecos, and others. By harmonizing our data, the integrity of our travel documents must be recovered.

    “Under the Renewed Hope Agenda, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu gave us the order to synchronize the nation’s database. When we synchronize our data, the agencies will share it so that when our citizens need data for passport and visa applications, or BVN, with their NIN, their information can be retrieved. This will assist us streamline our procedures and improve the nation’s security architecture while also relieving us of stress, spending money, and energy.

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