The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is considering to extend the validity period for international passports from its current 5 years to 10 years.
Muhammad Babandede, the Comptroller-General of the NIS, on Saturday, told reporters in his office that Nigerians should expect an announcement on the policy changes in the coming months.
The immigration chief also revealed that the reason for the policy change was the federal government’s response to several complaints from Nigerians and the international community.
Premium Times gathered that several citizens had demanded that the NIS should consider reversing to the old policy that Nigeria had in place before 2007.
Until on July 27, 2007, when the e-passport was adopted, the Nigerian passport was valid for 10 years with additional five years validity for renewal.