Interior Ministry, NIDCOM, Others Hold Demo Session As Passport Application Goes Fully Automated Tomorrow

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The Minister of Interior, Hon. (Dr) Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo alongside the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mrs Caroline Wura-Ola Adepoju, on Saturday held a demo session with key stakeholders and development partners.

The session was put together to present the automated passport application process set to launch on Monday, January 8, 2024.

Tunji-Ojo who chaired the session, noted that constructive criticism that would enhance and improve the system was discussed.

Notable participants at the session included, Hon. (Dr.) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM); the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) represented by Stephen Matete; Dr. Joe Abah, Country Manager at Development Alternatives Incorporated; Tijjani Mohammad Musa, Founder of Kwandala Foundation; David Afolayan, co-founder of Technext.

Others are Akintunde Babatunde, Director of Programmes at the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development; Lanre Lasisi, Journalist and Community Development Practitioner; Samson Itodo, Founder of Yiaga Africa; Adeyemi Adewoye, Good Governance Advocate; Mukhtar Mudibbo representing Connected Development (CODE), among others.

The planned launching of the online passport application platform will stop indiscriminate extortion of Nigerians at the passport offices, as transactions are now automated.

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