The validity of the Nigeria international passport has been increased to 10 years from five.
This was made known by Muhammed Babandede, comptroller-general of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), when he paid a visit to the Ikoyi passport office in Lagos on Thursday, July 26, 2018.
According to him President Muhammadu Buhari approved the increase, improved security features and quality for the passport booklets. He said that:
“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”.
“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 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”.
According to Babandede, the new changes will ease the stress of renewing passports and also help the country.
“And we will ensure it is done before the end of this year because the booklet has to change”.