As part of its efforts to create effective and seamless delivery of service, the ministry of foreign affairs says Nigerian missions will soon start delivering passports to its nationals through courier.
The ministry said this is to remove the stress Nigerians go through to visit the missions to keep interview appointments.
Some Nigerians had complained bitterly regarding services on visa, passport issuance, delivery and the need to get emergency travel certificates.
Gabriel Aduda, the ministry’s permanent secretary, said the ministry was working assiduously to address issues raised by Nigerians.
He said the ministry had begun talks with some courier companies to pilot the scheme.
“We have started with a new innovation and we are trying to keep Nigerians from traveling to missions for passport renewal,” he told NAN
He said passports will be delivered to doorsteps of applicant, adding that they don’t want Nigerians to go through the trouble of having to visit the mission in person.
“We are already talking with some courier companies that will pick passports to the applicants’ doorsteps when they have made all the necessary payments and fill the forms online.
“We don’t want them to come to the missions anymore; it will be delivered to them and we have four consulates to pilot the innovation.”
Reacting to the backlog of passports, Aduda said COVID-19 pandemic came with a dry spell in the production of passports, adding that it created a problem in all the missions across the world.
In another development, the Nigerian consulate in New York says it is making arrangement to enrol Nigerians within its jurisdiction for the national identification number (NIN).
Lot Egopija, consul-general, said this at a hybrid town hall meeting in New York for Nigerian nationals within the jurisdiction.
Egopija said the consulate had received a directive from the federal ministry of foreign affairs to enrol its nationals.
He said the consulate will soon conclude arrangements with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).