Nigeria rolls our ePassport in Rivers state


The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has launched the enhanced Electronic Passport (e-passport) travel document to reposition and improve the passport issuance regime in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, reports local media. 

The Comptroller of Immigration Service, Rivers State Command, Segun Adegoke, said that the enhanced e-passport was tailored towards global best practice, reported the Sun News Online. 

He said that enhanced e-passport was issued to President Muhammadu Buhari on January 15, 2019, the service had made efforts to carry out a systematic launch of the passport in different parts of the country.

The Comptroller added that the NIS has allowed the present booklet to run concurrently until it is being phased out.

He explained: “The enhanced e-passport is embedded with new security features, some of which include: Multi Laser Image (MLI) features, pre-printed features that can only be seen under UV light and infrared.”

Meanwhile, Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has lauded the NIS for introducing the e-passport with 10-year validity, saying it would enable Nigerians to acquire long-term visas.

Wike, in his speech during the roll-out of the enhanced e-passport in Port Harcourt, commended the Service for the improved security features on the new passport.

He said: “Let me thank the Nigeria Immigration Service for their giant strides in the area of the Electronic Passport. It will help towards security and other trends.

“The introduction of e-passport is, indeed, commendable because of its improved security features and other key features of the passport.

The governor noted that the requirement that all those seeking to obtain the International Passport must have National Identity Number (NIN) is key.

“The integration with the national identity number is very important. It is an innovation which is encouraging,” he said.


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