By Osinachi Nkwocha
The Nigeria Immigration Service has begun the issuance of the new passport booklet with 10-year validity at the Service Headquarters, Abuja.
The enhanced polycarbonate passport booklet launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 15, 2019, now carries the National Identity Number.
Conducting journalists round the passport office in Abuja on Monday, Public Relations Office of Immigrations, Sunday James, said the new booklet was part of a comprehensive passport reform approved by the Federal Government to improve the quality and security of the document against incidence of damage, counterfeit, and forgery.
He explained that it was compulsory for passport applicants to have a NIN number, adding that NIS management now has a desk where individuals can register for the mandatory NIN.
“The National Identity Number is compulsory for all applicant of the new document. To make it easy for applicants, the Nigeria Immigration Service has provided space for National Identity Management Commission at the Service Headquarters, Abuja to register applicants and issue to them the NIN.
The new booklet is available in Abuja presently as indicated by the Comptroller-General of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, while state commands will continue to issue the old booklet.
However, the passport office Gwagwalada would also continue to issue the old passport pending the roll out in Ikoyi on June 3; Alausa, Lagos on July 8; and London on July 29, 2019.