The Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS has said that registration and the issuance of new international passport will cost Nigerians seventy thousand naira. NIS spokesman Sunday James, who made the disclosure on Monday, said the agency will commence issuance of the new international passport from Monday, the fourth of March, 2019 in Abuja.
Issuance of the passport will commence in Ikoyi in Lagos on March 25, Kano on April 1, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos on April 8 and London, United Kingdom April 15.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, the sixteenth of January launched the new red diplomatic passport at an emergency Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja. However, NIS spokesman said existing passport booklet will run concurrently with the new enhanced passport booklet until the former expires.
According to James, the advantages of the new passport includes its 10-year validity, self-tracking of application and express centres for urgent application. He, urged Nigerians to take advantage of the reforms, avoid patronising third party or touts and utilise the online platforms provided by the service for their passport application.