Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, the Minister of Interior, has announced a significant improvement in passport services for Nigerians. In a speech delivered at the opening ceremony of the 2023 University of Lagos International Week, he revealed plans to streamline the passport application process and provide faster delivery options.
The theme of the International Week is ‘Breaking the Borders of Partnership,’ reflecting the government’s commitment to enhancing citizen services. The minister stated that the Ministry of Interior has initiated the automation of the entire passport application process. He assured Nigerians that they would soon experience a much more efficient system.
Dr. Tunji-Ojo explained, “Nigerians will no longer endure lengthy waits for passport issuance. Within the next two weeks, passport processing times will be reduced significantly.” Furthermore, he outlined an ambitious timeline, stating that by January of the following year, Nigerians would be able to complete their passport applications online. By February, passports would be delivered to their chosen locations, including homes and offices.
This streamlined approach will also extend to the visa application process, making it smoother and more convenient for applicants. To support this initiative, the ministry plans to establish an additional 12 visa application centers worldwide. Dr. Tunji-Ojo emphasized that this effort would be accompanied by the reinforcement of the visa-on-arrival policy, ensuring a reciprocal arrangement for travelers.
In addition to these improvements, the minister highlighted the government’s commitment to education and global opportunities for Nigerian students. He mentioned scholarships for postgraduate and PhD degrees, as well as the growing number of professionals and entrepreneurs who are venturing abroad to contribute to Nigeria’s development.