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Immigration changes gear, to issue 10-year validity passports soon

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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS),is set to issue a 10 year validity passport staring from december 2018.

This was disclosed by Mr Mohammed Babandede,Comptroller-General of NIS on monday while on a visit to Gov.Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state.

According to report monitored the immigration boss and some senior officers were in Ibadan for the first International Conference on Border In-Transition at the University of Ibadan.

The Immigration boss emphasized that that the new passport would have features that could stand the test of time, adding that it would run concurrently with the old ones.

“We thank President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the new passport with 10 years validity.

“We have also repositioned and improved on our services as directed by the president,” he said.

Babandede said NIS had also improved accessibility to visa through the introduction of Visa-on-Arrival for immigrants whose country was without an embassy.

“We have initiated the centralisation of Temporary Work Permit for immigrants who are in the country for a temporary assignment as well as made it easy for women to do a change of name across the states.

“We have also introduced forward-front-border patrol to curtail activities of smugglers and criminals within the border areas.

“We will continue to ensure adequate security of the border and country at large,” he said.

He said that the president had directed that NIS officers should patronize the bushes, unlike the street patrol system which operated before his administration.

Meanwhile,the governor of Oyo state, Ajimobi represented by his deputy,Chief Moses Adeyemo,charged NIS to ensure regular monitoring of the nation’s borders for the sustenance of peace in the country.

Also,he called on them to improve on border policing including building greater capacity among officers of NIS.

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