By Palma Ileye
In its ongoing commitment to streamline Passport processing and acquisition for Nigerians residing in the diaspora, the Federal Government on Monday, November 6, 2023, unveiled additional enhanced e-Passport facilities at select Nigerian Embassies in Europe.
This was disclosed in a press release issued yesterday by DCI Aridegbe Adedotun, the Service Public Relations Officer for the Comptroller General.
According to the NIS statement, the facilities were inaugurated at the Nigerian Embassy in Rome by the Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, who emphasized the dedication of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Government to citizens’ diplomacy and the enhancement of services to the diaspora community.
The Minister, represented by the Acting Comptroller General of Immigration, Caroline Wura-Ola Adepoju, announced the phased rollout of the enhanced e-Passport in Europe.
Saying that, Phase one, which includes Spain, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy, was officially Introduced in Rome on Monday, while phase two is scheduled to be implemented by the end of the week.
He said the e-Passport complies with all standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO, positioning Nigeria as the first country in Africa and the fifth worldwide to embrace this technological achievement.
Noting that this accomplishment has garnered high regard from the international community.
The Acting CGI Adepoju highlighted that the enhanced e-Passport will significantly reduce processing delays in Europe, provided applicants adhere strictly to application guidelines, including utilizing the online application and payment platform at passport.immigration.gov.ng and ensuring the synchronization of their passport application data with their National Identification Number, NIN.
She added that the advanced travel document offers three categories: i. 32-page Five-year validity category ii. 64-page Five-year validity category iii. 64-page Ten-year validity category (for adults only).
She enjoined applicants with complaints to use the following channels for resolution: (i) Twitter: @nigimmigration (ii) Website: www.immigration.gov.ng to interact with the virtual assistant and our Contact Center on; 09121900655, 09121556359, 09121477092.
The event witnessed the presence of the Acting Comptroller General of Immigration, Senior Officials of the High Commission, a diverse representation of Nigerians in Italy, and members of the diplomatic community.