NIS Unveils Nigerian Temporary Passport, Phases Out Emergency Travel Certificate

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… Says ETC Was A Huge Security Threat To Nigeria, Global Community

 

 

The Honourable Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola today launched the Nigerian Temporary Passport (NTP) at Nigeria Immigration Service(NIS) Headquarters in Abuja

An online statement signed by the Service Public Relations Officer, Deputy Comptroller of Immigration (DCI), Sunday James, explained that the Temporary Passport is a new genre of Passport that will be issued at the Nigerian Embassies/High Commissions outside the country to Nigerians desirous of returning home but whose national passport is not available.

Speaking at the launch, the Minister informed that the Temporary Passport is a travel document designed for a one-way travel to Nigeria only and that the new document replaces the hitherto Emergency Travel Certificate (ETC), which was issued to Nigerians in emergency situations for the purpose of returning home.

He maintained that the Temporary Passport is ICAO compliant and is valid for only 30 days before the date of travel and that it is not in any way a replacement for the Nigerian Passport as it will only serve a temporary purpose in the case of loss or misplacement of the Nigerian Passport by a Nigerian abroad.

On his part, the Comptroller General of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, stated that the replaced Emergency Travel Certificate was a huge security threat to Nigeria and the global community because it was an ordinary paper devoid of necessary security features of a travel document.

He, however said that the Temporary Passport replacing it is a catalyst to Nigeria’s desire for effective identity management as it has a chip and surface personalization which is an enhancement of the current Electronic Passport Management System (EPMS).

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