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FG launches Ilesa passport production centre

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By Abiodun Okunloye

Congestion and application difficulties will be solved with the new centre.

Following the implementation of the enhanced Nigerian e-Passport, the Federal Government has launched a passport creation centre and the passport Front Office located in Ilesa, Osun State, to make passport application, verification, and generation more easy for the general populace.  According to the Minister of the Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who spoke during the launch, the introduction of the newly upgraded e-Passport and the creation and front office facilities will make it simpler for an increased number of travelers to obtain a Nigerian international passport.

According to him, the opening of the facilities means that Nigerians in Ilesa now have access to the same enhanced e-Passport system that has been rolled out in other locations around the country, including Lagos, Enugu, Ibadan, Katsina, Zaria, and Daura, as well as at Nigerian missions in foreign nations including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. As a result, he applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for offering the direction essential to the ministry’s successes, including the revisions to the country’s passport system.

NIS has been relentless towards achieving its goal.

In addition to that, he lauded the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) for the commitment and attention it has shown towards the execution of the numerous changes to the way passports are managed. The NiS has continued to render extremely outstanding assistance to the success of the service delivery and the mission of the Ministry of Interior that he managed over the last four years. These efforts have been significant in ensuring the government can fulfil its responsibilities.

More so, the minister emphasized that the widely lauded innovations in passport management both at home and in the Diaspora were the masterpiece of the NIS. He praised the NIS’s work ethic and dedication to quality service under the leadership of Mr. Isah Jere Idris, the Comptroller General of Immigration. While encouraging people to make the most of the Ilesa facilities, he expressed gratitude to the other stakeholders as well as service providers, and the host community, for their help in making the project a reality.

The enhanced passport enhanced service delivery to Nigerians.

CGI Jere Idris remarked in his address that the upgraded e-Passport was important to the Service’s goal for enhanced service delivery to Nigerians as well as the travelling public. They are dedicated to creating outcomes that cater to the necessities of our modern-day society while simultaneously making the most efficient use of the resources it has at their discretion. The enhanced version of the electronic passport is an important part of their overall effort to improve the quality of the services they provide to the citizens.

They are cognizant of the problems some people have had obtaining passports recently, but they believe that, owing to the many initiatives being launched, these problems will soon be obsolete. To alleviate the congestion, he said efforts are being made to open more front offices in other states. He said the public would experience minimal delays as a result of the new infrastructure, and he urged passport registration and replacement applicants to follow the rules by applying and paying online, avoiding intermediaries, and giving their correct personal details and an authenticated National Identification Number (NIN).

Applicants can resolve their passport challenges online.

Lastly, the Immigration head encouraged anyone with a complaint to utilize any of their platforms to resolve the issue. These channels include interacting and chatting with the NIS virtual assistant at, Twitter at @nigimmigration, and Facebook at @nigimmigration. Therefore, he expressed gratitude to the minister for providing the NIS with a huge amount of support and encouragement, stating that without such cooperation, the new facilities, along with many others, might not have been completed.

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