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Friday, 27 July 2018

NEWS! Federal Government Approves 10-Year Validity For Nigerian Passport


This seems to be a good news as  the Federal Government has approved a 10-year validity period for the Nigerian passport, in line with international standards.
This was announced by the Comptroller General of Immigration, Mohammed Babadede, in Lagos, during the launching of Guaranty Trust Bank’s e-passport, at the Ikoyi Passport Office.
He disclosed that reforms have been put in place to make officers that are caught with cash appear guilty before the law .
He said:
“President Muhammadu Buhari said we should fight corruption. We cannot fight corruption when officers have access to cash. If they can’t see the money, then, we can put everything in check. Officers you are, hereby, warned; if I see you with cash, it is tantamount to being corrupt and deserves severe punishment".
“Mr. President has approved that Nigerian passport should be valid for 10 years. There is also plans for the passport to he produced in the country, to secure the production and authenticity of the passport. Other reforms are the immigration will work with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to keep a one-stop online database.”
Meanwhile,  the bank worked in line with the vision of Babandede and Buhari to erase middlemen and limit corrupt act,this was said by the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank,Segun Agbaje.
According to him:
“The payment solution we are putting in place will ensure that nobody is giving a passport before they pay. There will be no leakages and middlemen and the money will go directly to the Customs Service. It is to create a one-stop to passport collection in the country,”.

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