The Comptroller-General of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammed Babandede, has revealed a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari, increasing the validity of Nigerian passport issued in the country from 5 to 10 years.
He made the announcement Thursday during a visit to the Ikoyi passport office in Lagos.
He said the president also 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.
“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,” he said.