President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a five year extension in the validity of Nigerian passports issued by the Nigerian Immigration Service.
Note that with this development, the Nigerian Passport, will have a validity time frame of ten years as against its initial five year value.
This was revealed yesterday in Lagos by the Comptroller-general of NIS, Muhammed Babandede at the Ikoyi passport office; he added that the president has approved improved security features and quality for the passport booklets.
“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.
The NIS boss pointed out that the development will have people to pay more to get the passport and the e-passport system security features will be improved which will ease the stress of renewing passports.
“People will pay more if they can pay more and get the booklets quickly; it’s good with improved security for 10 years validity.
“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.”
“And we will ensure it is done before the end of this year because the booklet has to change,” Babandede said.