Buhari Launches New Nigerian International Passport With 10-Year Validity
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, January 15, unveiled a new enhanced security Nigerian passport with 10 years validity.
The president performed the ceremony at a meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
President @MBuhari launches the newly enhanced security e-Passport with 10-year validity today at the State House, Abuja. pic.twitter.com/0rKOkS5UT1
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) January 15, 2019
It was gathered that the meeting was held a day earlier to enable the President participate in the All Progressives Congress (APC) rallies in Edo and Delta states on Wednesday.
Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo were immediately issued their own 10–year validity passport, by the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mohammad Babandede.
Apart from the 10-year validity, the new passport, according to the NIS has enhanced security and is ”weather friendly”.
Speaking to State House correspondents later, Babandede explained that the new passport has enhanced features, which will make it easier for security management.
He said “the new passport with 32 pages will cost N25,000 and $130 abroad; the 64 pages with five years expiration time will cost N35,000 and $150 abroad while the 64 pages with 10 years validity will cost N70,000 in Nigeria and $230 abroad.”
“The new passport reform programme is weather friendly, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) compliant, it has polycarbonate technology that eliminates damage, enhanced security features and save Nigerians in the Diaspora time of frequent visit to Nigerian Embassy among others,” Babandede added.
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