The Federal Government has approved a 10-year validity period for Nigerian passports.
This followed a presidential approval to change the face of the e-passport, 10 years after it was introduced in the country.
The Comptroller-General of Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammed Babandede, added that the extended validity period would reduce the stress Nigerians went through every five years to renew their passports.
“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.
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,” the CG explained.