President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday registered for and launched a new enhanced Electronic International Passport with 10 years validity. He performed the ceremony at a meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the presidential villa, Abuja.
Speaking to State House correspondents later, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Mr Mohammad Babandede explained that the new passport has enhanced features which will make it easier for security management.
He said it will bring discipline to the system even as he added that the old passport will work concurrently with the new one.
Babandede said the new passport with thirty-two pages will cost twenty-five thousand naira and one hundred and thirty dollars abroad; the sixty-four pages with five years expiration time will cost thirty-five thousand naira and one hundred and fifty dollars abroad while the sixty-four pages with 10 years validity will cost seventy thousand naira in Nigeria and two hundred and thirty dollars abroad.
He said 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.