- A temporary international passport has been launched by the federal government for Nigerians
- This was made known by Nigerian Immigration Service on Tuesday, March 9
- The travel document is designed for a one-way travel to Nigeria for only 30 days
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The federal government on Tuesday, March 9, launched the temporary international passport for Nigerians in the diaspora.
This was made known in a series of tweets from the official Twitter account of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and sighted by Legit.ng.
Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, led the launch of the document which was held at the headquarters of the NIS in Abuja.
The electronic passport is a one-way travel document for an emergency return to the country and is valid for only 30 days.
According to Aregbesola, the e-passport will replace the Paper-type Emergency Travel Certificate which is issued to Nigerians who want to return home but don't have the regular standard passport.
Though it has all the features of the standard international passport the 4-page booklet does not in any way serve as a replacement for the Nigerian passport.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the minister of interior directed NIS to find every capacity to issue international passport to applicants within 48 hours.
Aregbesola said this on Friday, August 30, 2020, while flagging the NIS management retreat. He said with the deployment of state-of the-art technology, it would be possible to issue a passport within 48 hours.
He urged the NIS to remove bottlenecks that make the process difficult.
In a related development, the immigration service defended the claim that herdsmen’s pictures are on the new international passport.
The service said such claims by people in some quarters are not true and that every page of the passport has pictures representing various ethnic groups in the country.
NIS strengthened its argument by saying that many countries are known to use their vital public documents as an opportunity to display their cultural essence.
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