NIGERIA TO EXTEND INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT VALIDITY PERIOD TO TEN YEARS
The President Muhammadu Buhari administration is considering extending validity period for international passports from its present five to 10 years.
The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, who said this to reporters in his office on Saturday, added that Nigerians should expect an announcement on the policy changes in the coming months.
“We have submitted a memo to the president and we believe we’ll get a positive response to that soon,” Mr. Babandede said, according to Premium Times.
The immigration chief said the review was the government’s response to several months of complaints from Nigerians and other foreign elements, who said the five-year validity period is too short.
Back then, the Nigerian passport was valid for 10 years with additional five years validity for renewal.
“We have received complaints that passports only take five years,” Babandede said.
“The international community is not happy, wondering why passports will only be five years”