FG Increases Validity Of Nigerian Passport To 10 Years

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The Federal Government has approved the validity period of Nigerian passports to now span for 10 years. Muhammed Babandede, Comptroller-General of Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, disclosed this in a report aired on Channels Tv on Thursday. Babandede said the new validity period would lessen the difficulty Nigerians go through when they attempt to renew their passport after the current renewal period of five years. 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.” The Immigration boss also stated that a presidential approval has been granted to change the face of the e-passport 10 years after it was introduced in the country. He, however, stated that the new passports, which would come with improved security features, would be costlier and gotten more quickly. Babandede said, “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.”  
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