The Controller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service(NIS) Mohammed Babandede,has revealed on Thursday,during his visit to the Ikoyi passport office in Lagos that President Muhammad Buhari has directed that the validity of the international passport be increased from a period of 5years to 10 years,and also approved for some improved security features and quality of the Nigerian international passport booklets.
“The President has approved a 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,”
“And we will ensure it is done before the end of this year because the booklet has to change,”