Good News For Nigerian Passport Holders
A new directive by President Muhammadu Buhari would see validity of passports issued in the country valid for 10 years.
Initially, the validity of the pass port is only for five years.
This was made known by Muhammed Babandede, comptroller-general of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), yesterday when he visited the Ikoyi passport office in Lagos.
He said the president also approved improved security features and quality for the passport booklets.
“He (Buhari) has approved 10-year validity for passports which is great news. When the report comes, passports will be valid for 10 years which is great news especially for adults from the age of 18 and above,” he said.
“Though people will pay more, if they can pay more and get the booklets quickly, it’s good with improved security for 10 years validity. They would pay more but the document would be available, that’s good.
“Ten years after the enrollment of the e-passport system, we need to improve the security features. You can’t keep documents for 10 years without seeing decreased values in them, so we are improving the security features which would raise the standards of the passports.”
Babandede said the new development would improve the passport conditions in the country.
“And we will ensure it is done before the end of this year because the booklet has to change,” he added.
The service had in April said it may no longer issue passports to those who do not have national identity card number.
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