We are ready to extend international passport validity to 10 years -FG

The federal government of Nigeria has plans to extend the validity period for international passports from the current five years to 10 years.

Speaking on this development, the Comptroller-General of NIS,  Muhammad Babandede has told newsmen that Nigerians should expect an announcement on this matter in the coming months.

He said:

 “We have submitted a memo to the president and we believe we’ll get a positive response to that soon.”

The immigration chief also revealed that complaints from Nigerians and other foreign elements that  five-year validity period is too short,will make them reveal the policy.

Mr Babandede said:

“The international community is not happy, wondering why passports will only be five years. “They’re saying it should be 10 years and we’re already considering that. We need to make sure that we have age validity expansion.” Explaining why the current validity period was unnecessarily short, he said that for people above 18 years, they’re already fully grown and rarely wear a totally different look.” 

Citing other countries as examples, Mr Babandede said:

“For example, in some places in the world, they say if you’re below the age of 18, you can have five-year validity passport. But if you’re above the age of 18, you can have 10-year validity because your physical features may not change again within 10 years.” Meanwhile about one week a report by Daily Sun claimed that the NIS have run out of booklets causing several applicants to be stranded in several passports offices across the country. An applicant, Iyare Odili said he had paid about N30,000 for a 64-page passport but had not been able to receive the document in the last two months.” 

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