The federal government is considering extending validity period for international passports from its current five to 10 years, the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service has said.
Muhammad Babandede told reporters in his office on Saturday that Nigerians should expect an announcement on the policy changes in the coming months.
He said, “We have submitted a memo to the president and we believe we’ll get a positive response to that soon.”
The immigration chief said the review was the government’s response to months of complaints from Nigerians and other foreign elements who said the five-year validity period is too short.
Citizens demanded that NIS should reverse to the old policy that Nigeria had in place before 2007. Back then, Nigerian passport was valid for 10 years with additional five years validity for renewal.
“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.”