Buhari Approves 10-Year Validity Period For Nigerian Passport
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the validity period of Nigerian passports issued in the country should be increased from five to 10 years.
The Comptroller-General of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammed Babandede, made this known on Thursday, July 26, when he visited the Ikoyi passport office in Lagos.
He said the president also approved improved security features and quality for the passport booklets.
Babandede further added that the extended validity period would reduce the stress Nigerians went through every five years to renew their passports.
His words: “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.”
“And we will ensure it is done before the end of this year because the booklet has to change.”