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FG Extends International Passport Validity Period To 10 Years

Valentine Chinyem

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The Federal Government has extended the validity period for the Nigerian International Passport to 10 years.

This is following the presidential approval to change the current face of the e-passport.

This was revealed by the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammed Babandede, who said the need to extend the validity period, is to reduce the stress Nigerians go through to renew the current passport.

“One of the reforms he (President Buhari) has approved is that we would improve the quality, security of our passport booklets.

“Ten years after the enrolment 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,” the CG explained.

While revealing that the President had already approved the security features for the new passport, he however, noted that the new passports would cost more.

He said, “President Buhari has equally 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.”

“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,” Babandede said.

The Immigration boss did not reveal the new prices for the various categories of the passports, but the changes according to him, would take effect sooner than expected.

It will also be recalled that the current e-passport which has a validity period​ of 5 years, was introduced ten years ago.