The Federal Government has approved a 10-year validity period for Nigerian passports, up from five years, the Comptroller of Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammed Babandele, has said.
Babandele, who said this in a report by Channels Tv, noted this followed a presidential approval to change the face of the e-passport 10 years after it was introduced in the country. He said the extended validity period would reduce the stress Nigerians go through to renew their passports every five years.
“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,” Badandele said.
However, according to Babandele, the new passports would cost more, but he did not say how much the various categories of the passports would cost.
“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,” Babandede said.