FG launches e-passport in UK to curb forgery and improve application process

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The federal government has launched an enhanced e-passport to improve application process for Nigerians in the country and abroad.

According to a statement by Sola Fasure, media adviser to Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, the official rollout of the enhanced e-passport took place at the Nigerian High Commission in London, UK.

“What we have come to do here (UK) is symbolic of the core mandate of the ministry and indeed the Federal Government of Nigeria affirmation 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.

He said it has more sophisticated security features, making it one of the most secured passports in the world.

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