The Nigerian Postal Service and Nigeria Immigration Service plan to speed up passport collection.
When he led NIPOST management on a working visit to the Acting Comptroller General, NIS, Caroline Wura-Ola Adepoju at the Service Command Headquarters, Sauka, Abuja, Sunday Adepoju said this.
The Postmaster General said NIPOST’s integrated service delivery model necessitated collaboration.
“This service provides various government services and information to citizens in a one-stop shop environment using several channels to meet different needs at selected post office locations nationwide.
He said NIS would use NIPOST infrastructure to collect passports and use the postal network as an e-fulfillment centre to boost the digital economy.
Adepoju said the development’s roles and responsibilities are to create a sustainable and integrated framework for e-passport, courier, and address verification validation.
He said this would unify the agency’s e-government initiatives and consolidate NIPOST’s productivity synergy with NIS.
The acting CG NIS praised NIPOST for creating a standard digital postcode system to help the agency issue Nigerian passports.
She said the collaboration would ease Nigerians’ pain when registering for passports, reduce the waiting time before biometric data capture, and streamline passport processing.
She also praised NIPOST management for developing an address verification system, a breakthrough in identity management and a major forensic crime management initiative.
She added, “The service will continue to explore ways and cultivate strategic partnerships to help her fulfil her mandate to Nigerians.”
The Postmaster General and acting CG agreed to develop a working relationship framework later.