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The federal government will start home delivery of passports in June

By Vaseline May27,2024

May 27, 2024.

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The Federal Government has assured that home delivery of passports will commence in June, eliminating the need for Nigerians to travel to immigration offices to obtain their passports.

This was made known by the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, during an inspection of the electronic gates at the new terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Friday, May 24, 2024, in Abuja.

Tunji-Ojo said the delivery will not include every location to avoid overloading and damaging the system.

He said the Nigerian Immigration Service would commence home delivery in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Kano and Abuja.

The minister stated that for Nigerians in the diaspora, the home delivery service would initially commence in the United States and the United Kingdom, with preliminary testing to ensure its effectiveness.

Tunji-Ojo explained that the delay in the implementation of home delivery was due to a lack of data centers.

He noted that NOS was dependent on a private company’s data center and emphasized the need for a permanent solution to this problem.

He said: “We completed the entire solution, but when we came on board we realized the data center wasn’t actually there. We used a private company data center and we appreciate them for that help. We believe that it is better to create a permanent solution to problems than quick fixes.

“We could have done it in February, but we had to rebuild our data center from scratch to keep the integrity of our data and national security intact. This is more important. It is shameful that NIS is 61 years old and NIS holds Nigeria’s biometric data, and we believe that NIS should be in charge of Nigeria’s data.

“It is not acceptable that this data is domiciled with a third party and that is why we have been able to do this.”

However, the minister noted that the data center has been constructed and the passport delivery issue has been resolved.

He said: “It’s about national security and I can assure you it’s on par with anyone you can find anywhere in the world.

“We’ve built the data center, sorted out the passport delivery solution and done the final presentation in terms of technology deliverables and the tracking solution that will all be embedded into the application that we have so that we don’t create multiple lines of failure.”

The minister stated that the final presentation of the electronic visa has been completed, adding that this will reduce the visa processing time from 72 hours to 48 hours.

“The passport automation process is almost complete,” he added (www.naija247news.com).


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