Federal Government To Extend International Passport Validity To 10 Years

According to reports, the federal government is making plans to extend the validity period for international passport from five years to 10 years.


This was disclosed by the comptroller-general of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, in an interview with journalists in Abuja at the weekend.

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He said Nigerians should expect announcement of the policy change in the coming weeks or months.

“We have submitted a memo to the president and we believe we’ll get a positive response to that soon.

“We have received complaints that passports only take five years. The international community is not happy, wondering why passports will only be five years.

“They’re saying it should be 10 years and we’re already considering that. We need to make sure that we have age validity expansion,” Mr Babandede said.



  1. Many Nigerians in the diaspora will laud this policy if it is implemented now. Those of us outside Nigeria know what this means. As far as I know, Nigeria is one of the few countries that make life difficult for its citizenry. To obtain or renew a Nigerian international passport is synonymous with the Biblical Carmel, which finds it easier to go through the eye of a needle than for a Nigerian in the diaspora to renew his or her passport – I know of my own context, at least. I once applied for a 64-booklet passport because I do a lot of international travels. After wasting my precious time, energy and finances on travels associated with the application, the sloppy Immigration Officer in charge of the Consulate where I tendered my application erroneously issued a 34-page booklet, telling me that I should come back and collect another booklet when I have exhausted the current one; he spoke as if I had all the time in the world to waste. Now a booklet that should expire in 2019 is already exhausted! While I consider this as a blessing of the Almighty God, it has its own challenges, too.

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