Passport application automation begins on January 8 – Minister

The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has confirmed that the passport application automation process will begin operation on January 8, 2024.

He added that Nigerians will be able to apply and complete their passport application process online without human contact.

Tunji-Ojo, who was speaking during the inspection of facilities of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), alongside the Comptroller General (CG) of the Service, Wura-Ola Adepoju, made this disclosure on Monday, Jan. 1, in Abuja.  

The Minister said that the ministry has commenced the training process that will lead to the live launching of the automation.  

He said,  “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. 

“We have been able to reduce human contact in passport acquisition to the minimum.”  

He also added that the initiative will improve the security architecture of the country, prompting a quick detection of fake passport applications and reducing bottlenecks.

Tunji-Ojo emphasized the government’s commitment to eliminating the use of fake documents in passport applications. He announced the deployment of document verification officers in every local government area to thoroughly scrutinize passport applications nationwide.

Recall that in Nov. 2023, the Minister announced that the federal government is working to ensure a fully automated system of passport application in the country.  At that time, the minister said the automated application system was “99% done”