– International passport validity is set to be extended to 10 years
– The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS) revealed this on Saturday, November 19
– This extension comes as a result of several complaints from Nigerians
It is good news for many Nigerians to hear that the federal government has plans to extend the validity period for international passports from the current five years to 10 years.
Speaking on this development, the Comptroller-General of NIS, Muhammad Babandede told the press in his office on Saturday, November 19, that Nigerians should expect an announcement on this matter in the coming months.
Babandede said: “We have submitted a memo to the president and we believe we’ll get a positive response to that soon.”
The immigration chief also revealed the reason for the policy change, he explained that 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.
“We have received complaints that passports only take five years,” Mr Babandede said: “The international community is not happy, wondering why passports will only be five years.
“They’re saying it should be 10 years and we’re already considering that. We need to make sure that we have age validity expansion.”
Explaining why the current validity period was unnecessarily short, he said that for people above 18 years, they’re already fully grown and rarely wear a totally different look.
Using other countries as examples, Mr Babandede said: “For example, in some places in the world, they say if you’re below the age of 18, you can have five-year validity passport. But if you’re above the age of 18, you can have 10-year validity because your physical features may not change again within 10 years.”
Meanwhile about one week a report by Daily Sun claimed that the NIS have run out of booklets causing several applicants to be stranded in several passports offices across the country.
An applicant, Iyare Odili said he had paid about N30,000 for a 64-page passport but had not been able to receive the document in the last two months.