Minister of interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has launched a new automated and prompt passport processing centre set up to curb challenges faced by Nigerians in the issuance of Passport or administration.
The centre, Maitama Passport Express Centre (MPEC) in Abuja which was established in partnership with IRIS Smart Technology is to run on premium service delivery to Nigerians who desire to obtain passport within 24hrs after successful applications.
The Minister promised that such centres will be available in all local governments.
Aregbesola said the establishment of a the passport processing centre was done in line with the Executive Order 1 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2017 designed to aid ease of doing business in Nigeria and as well in response to the yearning of Nigerians to ease the stress of passport processing in and administration in Nigeria.
While launching the initiative, Aregbesola stated that the new centre was designed toward eliminating any form of corrupt practices in the issuance of passports and minimise human contact resulting from Covid-19 and to ensure safety protocol.
Speaking at the event, the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Services, Muhammad Babandede said the centre which is run by private firm would charge N20,000 for normal applicant willing to collect the booklet in 3 days or N30,000 for 24 hour service while the price for the traditional passport issuance at the Immigration centers remain unchanged.