FG will begin home delivery of passports in June 2024

The Federal Government has assured that home delivery of passports will begin in June, making it unnecessary for Nigerians to travel to immigration offices to obtain their passports.

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

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

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

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

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Initial Data Center Challenge

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

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

He said: “We have completed the entire solution, but when we came on board, we realized that the data center was not really there. We were leveraging a private company’s data center and we thank them for their help. We believe it is better to create a permanent solution to problems than quick fixes.

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

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

However, the minister noted that the data center was built and the problem of passport delivery was resolved.

He said: “This is about national security and I can assure you it is comparable to anyone you can find anywhere in the world.

“We built the data center, sorted the passport delivery solution and made the final presentation in terms of technology deliverables and the tracking solution, all of which will be integrated into the application we have so as not to create multiple fault lines.”

The e-visa processing time is now 48 hours.

The minister stated that the final submission of the e-visa has been completed and added that it will reduce the visa processing time from 72 hours to 48 hours.

“The passport automation process is almost complete,” he added.

What you should know

Tunji-Ojo had hinted in early October 2023 that Nigerians could receive their passports at their homes, offices or any other location of their choice from February 2024.