The Federal Government has said that the automation of the passport application process will begin from January 8, 2024.
The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo made this known on Monday in Abuja when he inspected the facilities of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).
According to him, this new method would allow Nigerians to apply and complete their passport application process online without human contact.
“We are good to go live,” he assured.
“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.
“We have been able to reduce human contact in passport acquisition to the minimum,” he added.
Meanwhile, many Nigerians have commended the government and expressed more optimism in President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration.
A Twitter user, Francis Ekpenyong celebrating the announcement under the minister’s post, said the move had shown that 2024 is a brighter year for Nigerians and expressed optimism to see the action come to reality.
“2024 we here, let’s hit the ground running. I can’t wait for this great feat to be achieved,” he said.
Adedoyin Alimi also expressed his happiness about the development, adding that he hoped Nigerians that Nigerians would comply.
He said: “This is a great feat. I honestly pray for compliance and processing of these registrations because I know our people.”
Olabode Olajide asked about the fate of the Nigerians in the diaspora and those who have applied for the passport before now.
He noted: “Will Nigerians in the diaspora also be able to use this from 8th January? What happens to those who have applied for renewal and awaiting an appointment?” Idris Adekunle called on the minister to look at the Festac office of immigration.
He said: “Sir, please look into the operation of the Festac passport office in Lagos. They are not processing the passports of those who did their pre-online registration themselves. Their files are kept in servicom unit. Please work on this, sir.”
Stephen Ikechukwu commended the minister for the innovation.
He stated: “Well done, Hon Minister, for your dedication and innovative approach to your mandate. “Just a quick one, will this automation service for passport application & processing go live globally or just for applications made in Nigeria?”