The Federal Government has launched an enhanced e-Passport in the United Kingdom to improve the passport application process for Nigerians at home and in the diaspora.
This was disclosed in a statement on Tuesday by Sola Fasure, Media Adviser to Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.
Aregbesola during the official rollout at the Nigerian High Commission in London, United Kingdom said the Nigerian passport is the highest affirmation of Nigerian citizenship, and therefore it is the responsibility of the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to provide the passport without any stress, within a reasonable period.
“What we have come to do here is symbolic of the core mandate of the Ministry of Interior and indeed, the Federal Government of Nigeria – affirmation of citizenship integrity. The Nigerian passport is the highest affirmation of Nigerian citizenship. It is therefore our responsibility to provide the passport without any stress, within a reasonable period.
“As we are all aware, there have been huge challenges to passport administration, from a shortage of booklet to touting and an economy of corruption built around it. These challenges have persisted for too long and a lot of people have become cynical while others have taken them as normal and then roll with it. But I come from a tradition of problem-solving in public administration. I do not believe that any problem is insurmountable, so we are going to solve all the problems associated with passport administration and we are already succeeding,” the minister said.
Aregbesola said the new passport is an improvement from the standard Passport that was introduced back in 2007, with more sophisticated security features, making it one of the most secured passports in the world.