Ajimobi hails new e-passport

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Sep 1st, 2014
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Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has hailed the 64-page newly approved international passport as an exercise that epitomises quality service delivery to the people.

He made the remark after he was presented with the 64-page new international passport at the state headquarters of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Agodi, Ibadan, at the weekend.

The governor, who had earlier undergone the necessary process of obtaining the passport, said the new document was of good quality and conformed to international best practices.

He noted that the new passport would accommodate frequent travellers and reduce visits by Nigerians to immigration offices.

The Comptroller of Immigration, Oyo State Command, Mr. Innocent Akatu, said the document would be issued to members of the public at the cost of N20,000, while the 32-page e-passport would continue to be issued to children below 18 years at the cost of N8,750.

Akatu stressed that the elderly, who are above 60 years, would also have the 32-page passport at the cost of N8,750, while people within the age of 18 and 60 would have access to the same document for N15,000.

The newly-introduced document is expected to reduce theft of passport, as the features such as fingerprint and others cannot be falsified based on the scientific fact that two persons cannot have the same fingerprints.

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