President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday launched a new enhanced Electronic Nigerian International Passport which has 10 years validity period and 64 pages.
He performed the ceremony at a meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the presidential villa, Abuja. The President was captured and after about an hour, he was issued his own 10 – year validity passport by the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Mr Mohammad Babandede.
Speaking to State House correspondents later, Babandede explained that the new passport has enhanced features which will make it easier for security management.
He said there are 25 differences between the old Nigerian International passport and the new Nigerian International e-passport but he added that the old passport will work concurrently with the new one until they are gradually replaced.
Nigerian International Passport Price
Babandede said :
- 32-page new Nigerian international passport with five years validity period goes for N25,000 in Nigeria and $130 abroad,
- 64-page passport with validity period of five years goes for N30,000 in Nigeria and $150 abroad and
- 64-page passport with 10 years validity period goes for N70,000 in Nigeria and $230 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.”
Also speaking, the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau said Nigerians in Diaspora demanded the10-year validity passport, which the government has obliged them.