FG Establishes E-Passport Facility in Canada
Rauf Aregbesola, Nigeria’s interior minister, originally inaugurated the central passport production facility in Ottawa.
According to Mr. Aregbesola, Nigerians residing in Canada now have access to the coveted 64-page passport with a 10-year validity.
This was said in a statement released on Wednesday in Abuja by the minister’s media assistant, Sola Fasure.
“It is available in various of categories, including the 64-page passport with a 10-year validity, which is convenient for frequent travelers.”
He claimed that Nigeria was the first country in Africa and one of the first five nations in the world to receive an upgraded e-passport.
Adeyinka Asekun, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, was praised by the minister for his dedication to seeing that Canada had a center for producing passports.
“It is important that all applicants use the NIS site, adhere to the rules established, pay the necessary fees, and complete the biometric data capture on the date provided.
“After data acquisition, there is a six-week waiting period for new applications and a three-week waiting period for renewals.”
The purpose of this timeline is to give NIS time to confirm and evaluate applicants’ claims and offers the issued passports integrity. According to the international norm, it is a legitimate provision in passport administration.
Applicants’ NINs and the information on their applications need to be in sync, according to Mr. Aregbesola.
“To enable applicants to track the status of their applications, we’ve added a tracking feature to the application process.
In order to effectively serve applicants in our effort to promote citizenship integrity, the minister continued, “We shall continue to implement essential and available advances to passport administration.”
The improved passport was introduced in Canada by Mr. Aregbesola and the acting comptroller-general of NIS, Isah Jere, to praise from the High Commissioner.
Mr. Jere had earlier stated that the Canadian passport counter would keep issuing both standard and enhanced passports simultaneously.
This, according to him, would go on until “all of our centers would have been fully migrated to the enhanced e-passport.”
Meanwhile the Interior minister took to his verified twitter page to share the information
On Tuesday, I launched the Enhanced e-Passport and Passport Production Center for Nigerians in Canada.
The Enhanced e-Passport is the latest technology in identity documentation. It comes with additional security. pic.twitter.com/sdOlzMlnuE
— Rauf Aregbesola (@raufaregbesola) December 1, 2022