Nigeria Immigration Service To Roll Out E- Passport Next Month
Written by Adekoya on March 29, 2019
The Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Mohammed
Babandede says the new E-passport of 10 years validity will be rolled
out next month.
He said the new passport which was expected to be rolled out this
month was delayed due to administrative challenges.
Speaking at the 43rd Annual General Meeting of the National Association
of Nigeria Travel Agencies, NANTA, in Lagos, Babandede represented by
Comptroller Immigration Zone A, Lagos, Alhassan Mohammed said the process
was delayed this month because the Service was required to harmonize
its data with the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC.
He said the new 10 years validity passport of 64 pages which would cost N70,000 was like two passports in one, adding that the NIS decided to increase the pages to ease the problems of Nigerians in the
diaspora coming back home to obtain their passport or renew them.
The Nigeria Immigration boss also explained that the Service had
decided to create express centers where passport seekers could get quick service for the issuance of their passports.
Also, the passport he said was weather friendly, complies with the
International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO standards and was also pro-carbonate, that is, not easily prone to damage like the previous
The Comptroller General, NIS, noted that the service had introduced
the issuance of biometric visas in some of its missions around world
and had so far done so in 15 countries and work was underway to have other missions come onboard.
He said visa seekers can have their biometric visas issued from the missions.
While commending NANTA for being a cooperative partner with the
introduction of its National Travel Practitioner Identification Card,
NTPIC, Babandede said the service looked forward to integrating its data with NANTA and when harmonized it would be easier for both organizations to work together seamlessly.