By Gloria Ikibah
The Federal Government has approved three categories of fees by Nigerians for verification of their National Identity Numbers (NIN) for speedy procession of their passports.
The new arrangement, which takes effect from April 1, was in furtherance of the directive by the government to streamline passport application, renewal and issuance processes.
Nigerians seeking to obtain such verification at home would pay N1000, while those within African countries are expected to pay $5 and those from other countries would pay $15.
A statement from Head of Corporate Communications of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr Kayode Adegoke, confirmed that the development was a joint framework with the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).
He explained that it was meant to significantly improve the quality of service, accuracy, and speed of passport services through the timely verification of the National Identification Number (NIN).
“This new arrangement is in furtherance of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy's directive to streamline passport application, renewal, and issuance processes,” Adegoke added.
“NIMC and NIS have agreed on a revised applicant journey that will significantly improve the speed of passport issuance/re-issuance and reduce the traffic visiting the NIS office(s).
“The NIN service, fees, and the new NIS process will go live on 1st April 2023″, he added.