ABUJA-The Nigerian Passport will now be valid for 10 years.
This followed the approval by the Federal Government.
The Comptroller-General of Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammed Babandede, made this known on Channels Television on Thursday.
The new decision, it was revealed, was to save Nigerians of the stress they go through to renew their passports every five years.
The current Passport’s validity period is five years.
“One of the reforms he (President Buhari) has approved is that we would improve the quality, security of Nigerian 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…
“President Buhari has equally 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.”
He however said it would cost more to obtain the document and the period within which it would be obtained would be faster.
“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,” he said.