FG Unveils New 10-year Electronic Passport Facility in London

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola

Michael Olugbode in Abuja

The Minister of Interior Mr. Rauf Aregbesola yesterday in London, unveiled a new facility that would offer 10-year validity passports to Nigerians.

A statement yesterday, by the Assistant Comptroller of Immigration Service in charge of Public Relations, Amos Okpu, explained that with the facility launched on Tuesday, eligible applicants now have access to a variety of options available on the enhanced e-Passport categories.

He said the options included: the five-year, 32-page Passport category; the five-year, 64-page category and the ten- year, 64-page category.

Speaking at the event, the Minister stated that the enhanced e-passport was a great improvement from the standard e-Passport introduced in 2007.

The enhanced e-Passport has more sophisticated security features making it one of the most secured passports in the world, he added.

According to him, the enhanced e-Passport, “comes in polycarbonate data page and with this, Nigeria is at the highest level of Passport security and integrity in the world.”

He assured of government’s readiness to continue to provide passports to eligible applicants without stress and within a reasonable period noting that efforts are being made to resolve all the problems associated with Passport administration and issuance across all centres.

The minister revealed that the Nigeria Immigration Service has issued a total of 2.7 million passports to Nigerians in the past two years including the deployment of over 600,000 booklets, this year alone to address rising demand for the document.

He thanked the officials of the High Commission for their commitment to quality service delivery and urged for a deepened engagement with the diaspora population.

In his remarks, the acting Comptroller General of Immigration Service, Isah Idris, affirmed the commitment of the Service to meet the rising demands for Passport services in London and advised prospective applicants to visit the Service’s official website (immigration.gov.ng) to apply and pay for the Passport category of their choice.

He enjoined those who have complaints to use available complaints channels to resolve any issues assuring that his officers are professionals and would continue to deliver excellent services to our citizens.

The event was attended by the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ambassador Sarafa Tunji Isola, the Minister of Interior, the acting Comptroller General of Immigration, senior officials of the High Commission, a cross section of Nigerians in the United Kingdom and members of the diplomatic community.