Nigeria issues its first e-passport.

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On Tuesday, the federal government unveiled an upgraded e-passport at the Nigerian High Commission in London, United Kingdom.

This is in an effort to streamline the application process for Nigerians both at home and abroad.

Sola Fasure, the media adviser to Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior, confirmed this in a statement.

“What we’ve come to do here (in the UK) is emblematic of the ministry’s primary mandate, as well as the Federal Government of Nigeria’s support of citizenship integrity,” he said.

“As we are all aware, there have been huge challenges in passport administration, from 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.

“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.”

Aregbesola said the new e-passport was a “huge improvement” over the standard passport introduced in 2007.

 


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