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Issuance of new 10-year validity e-passport postponed

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Barely three months after its launch, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), has postponed the issuance of the new 10-year enhanced e-passport till April 29.

NIS says the postponement is to enable it finalise the integration of the National Identity Number with the new passport.

In a statement signed by Sunday James, the Service Public Relations Officer on Monday in Abuja, the Comptroller-General, Muhammad Babandede, assured that the price of the current passport still remains the same.

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The NIS had on January 21, announced that it will begin issuance of the document on March 4.

Applicants have been directed to visit the NIS website, www.immigration.gov.ng, for further information on fees payable and application process.

The new enhanced Electronic International Passport was officially launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 16.

The new passport has enormous advantages which include ten-year validity, self-tracking application and express centres for urgent application.

Other advantages include weather friendliness, compliance with latest ICAO standard, poly-carbonate technology that reduces incidence of damage as well as saving Nigerians in Diaspora time in hitherto frequent visits to Nigerian Embassies for the document.

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