By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr.Obafemi Hamzat has applauded the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) over the innovation in the new 10 years enhanced passport.
Dr. Hamzat gave the commendation, just as he was issued with a 64 page International passport by the Comptroller General of Immigration Mr. Mohammed Babandede, making him the first person to be issued with a copy.
The Deputy Governor, who represented Governor Sanwo- Olu in the unveiling ceremony and issuance of the passport in Lagos, said he was elated with the new innovation by the service, noting that the exercise was bordered on national security .
He gave assured that the State Government would key into the system to get the database of Nigerians residence in Lagos.
His words, ” I may have known a person or his parents ,but without data base , we may not know him or her very well. With the data base by the immigration ,we will be able to know our citizens better. We have to use data base to query things .
“We have to commend people or organizations when they do good things. The passport is superb . Everything about it is good .I want to thank President Mohammadu Buhari for approving the new passport .
The Lagos State government will continue to partner with the service. I have just been captured and the passport was issued within 25 minutes . I have gone round the facilities and I am convinced that NIS is fully prepared for the job of issuing the new enhanced passport”.
Speaking at the occasion, Comptroller – General of Immigration , Mr Mohammed Babandede, said the service has successfully launched the enhanced e-Passport by President Buhari in January this year.
“The Service has successfully rolled out the document in Abuja and today ,we are here at the heart of the commercial centre of the country for the second phase of the roll out starting with the Deputy Governor of Lagos State.
After 10 years of issuing the e-Passport, the service in 2017 found it expedient to review the document in line with International Civil Aviation Organisation’s requirement with a view to improving the security of the document viz -a -viz latest technology and global best practices .
The philosophy behind it is national security and ease of doing business. That is why it has 20 additional security features ,including the National Identity Number for robust identity management in Nigeria.
” The document also has different menu, one of which is 64 page, 10 year validity passport which will save Nigerian businessmen’s time and resources of frequent visit to passport offices .The new passport has poly carbonate technology which makes it more durable”.