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FG releases new conditions, guidelines for the issuance, renewal of Nigerian passports effective from Jan 1, 2018

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has set new guidelines and conditions for the renewal of international passports.
Nigerians residing outside the country who wish to obtain or new their international passports must first obtain  identification number from the National Identification Management Commission (NIMC) effectively from January 1, 2018.
Failure to do this automatically disqualify such applicant and would not be issued Nigerian passports. 

These disclosures were made On Tuesday by the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS), Mohammed Babandede, after a meeting of database harmonization committee in Abuja.
The CG also explained that the reason behind the new policy was for ease of business in the country. 

He said, “The harmonisation of data and requires all of us to act but the biggest problem we are facing is that everybody is deploying his own technology.
“There is a practical commitment to this. We have agreed that from January 1, 2018, anybody who is going to apply for Nigerian Passport, whether renewal or fresh application, must first have a national identity number.
“Why we are doing this is that we want to ease business for Nigeria. There is no need for you to go and have your biometrics captured by NIMC and then you come and capture again with the Nigeria Immigrations.
“Once you give us your NIN, we will collect the biometrics from NIMC and produce your passport. That is the intention to do in all other agencies.”
“I have also given directive that any foreigner, non Nigerian resident in Nigeria will not get his permit renewed.
“He or she will not get his renewed until he has a NIMC number. To achieve this, NIMC and passport numbers will be harmonized and we are committed to allow NIMC in Immigration.
“All NIMC staff can work in our passport office so when you come to get the passport you can also get the National identity card.

“The NIMC has also allowed immigration staff to work in their offices so anybody who is coming to claim Nigerian citizenship they will help to identify that citizen. That is the cooperation that we have had so far.”

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