The Federal Government on Tuesday launched a new enhanced electronic passport to improve the passport application process for Nigerians at home and abroad.
Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed in a statement on Tuesday, which was issued by his Media Adviser, Sola Fasure,
Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola who Spoke during the rollout of passport at the Nigerian High Commission in London, United Kingdom, said the government must make available passports without stress within a reasonable period, adding that the Nigerian passport is the highest affirmation of Nigerian citizenship.
The statement was titled, “FG launches Enhanced Passport In The UK”
It partly read, “What we have come to do here is symbolic of the core mandate of the Ministry of Interior and indeed, the Federal Government of Nigeria – affirmation of citizenship integrity.
The Nigerian passport is the highest affirmation of Nigerian citizenship. It is, therefore, our responsibility to provide the passport without any stress, within a reasonable period”.
The minister said there have been huge challenges to passport administration, from a shortage of booklets to touting and an economy of corruption built around it; while revealing the features of the new enhanced Passport, was quoted to have said that, it is an enormous development from the standard Passport that was introduced back in 2007, while adding that it has sophisticated security features, making it one of the most secured passports in the world.
The statement continued, “The Enhanced e-Passport is a great improvement on the Biometric Passport technology which Nigeria adopted in 2007 as a strategic step towards curbing forgery, impersonation and other forms of frauds associated with obtaining travel document under the old Machine Readable Passport regime.
We are aware that technology rules the world and we are keeping abreast of the latest development in the field”.
Over the years, the Nigeria Immigration Service had worked assiduously and in close synergy with Messrs Iris Smart Technologies Limited to develop and implement Passport reforms that are in tandem with international best practices, including extant International Civil Aviation Organization’s Standards and Regulations.