- The Nigeria Immigration Service said it will soon start giving adult passports with 10-year validity
- The comptroller-general of NIS, Mohammed Babandede has confirmed issuance of the new passports
- Babandede said the project would reduce the burden on Nigerians to acquire passports every five years
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Thursday, July 26, announced plans to increase the validity of passports issued to adults from five to 10 years.
Channels TV reports that comptroller-general of NIS, Mohammed Babandede, disclosed this to reporters at the passport office in Ikoyi area of Lagos state.
He said that was part of reforms by the Service towards improving the process of issuing passports to Nigerians.
Babandede was confident that the issuance of the new passport, which would commence before the end of the year, would reduce the burden on Nigerians to acquire passports every five years.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigeria Immigration Service promoted 8,821 of its personnel in its 2017 promotion exercise.
A statement sent to journalists by the NIS spokesman, Sunday James indicated that the senior officer’s promotion list was approved by the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prison Service Board (CDFIPB) at its 59th meeting held on Tuesday, January 16.
According to the statement, a total of 5,070 officers were newly promoted comprising 23 Assistant Comptrollers General (ACG) and 58 Comptrollers of Immigration Service (CIS).
In a related development, the NIS banned cash payments for passport processing as part of efforts to eliminate corruption at all passport offices nationwide.
The NIS spokesperson, Sunday James, disclosed this in an interview on Monday August 28, in Abuja.
He said the Comptroller General of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede, had directed that henceforth all payments for passport processing must be done online and through designated banks.
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