President Muhammadu Buhari during the launching of the New Passport

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday launched a new enhanced security Nigerian passport with 10 years validity. The ceremony was performed by Buhari at a meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The FEC meeting took place a day earlier, to give President Muhammadu Buhari the opportunity to participate in the All Progressives Congress (APC) rallies in Edo and Delta states today. President Buhari was issued his own 10–year validity passport immediately, by the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mohammad Babandede. After the event, Mohammed Babandele spoke with the State House correspondents, explained that the new passport has enhanced features, which will make it confortable for security management.

He reported further that, the new passport with 32 pages will incure a charge of N25,000 and $130 abroad; the 64 pages with five years expiration time will incure a charge of 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,” Mohammad Babandede reported.

In his own reaction, the minister of interior ,Abdulrahman Dambazau said that, Nigerians in diaspora were hammering on the 10 year passport which the government  has obliged. He further stressed that, the e -passport data base is the most reliable source of data for criminal investigation.

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