The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has cautioned officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, against exploitation and unwarranted delays in the processing and production of passports for Nigerians.
Speaking at the official roll-out of the enhanced e-passport and commissioning of the Central Passport Production Centre at the Edo State Command, the Minister revealed that the process has now been made seamless for easy procurement of the document.
It was the official launch of the enhanced e-passport and commissioning of the Central Passport Production Centre at the Benin Passport Office which will served Edo and Delta States.
Comptroller of Immigration Service, Edo State Command Rabi Garba informed that the enhanced e-passport came in three categories; there was the one with thirty two pages and five years validity, a sixty four paged document with five years validity and another with sixty four pages that came with ten years validity. She called for the siting of another passport office in Edo to cater to the needs of residents.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola noted that the enhanced e-passport had specialised features which made it one of the most secure in the world. The Minister informed that six weeks was the stipulated time of collection for new applications and three weeks for renewal.
He also cautioned officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service against sharp practices. On his part, Governor Godwin Obaseki lauded the linkage of the e-passport to the National Identification Number Scheme. He promised to see to the building of another passport office in the State.
A similar roll-out exercise has been conducted in Oyo and Enugu States.
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