By Ajibola Abayomi,
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has issued the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mr Obafemi Hamzat new 10 years enhanced passport within 25 minutes with.
The number two Lagos state citizen was the first person to be issued the 64 page International passport.
He represented the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu at the unveiling and issuance of the passport in the state last week.
Hamzat said he was happy with the new innovation by the service saying that the exercise was bordered on national security.
He said the state government would key into the system to get database of the citizens’ resident in Lagos.
“I may have known a person or his parents, but without data base, we may not know you very well. With the data base by the immigration, we will be able to know our citizens better. We have to use data base to query things.
“We have to commend people, organizations when they do good things. The passport is superb. Everything about it is good. I want to thank President Mohammadu Buhari for approving the new passport.
“The Lagos State government will continue to partner with the service. I have just been captured and the passport was issued within 25 minutes. I have gone round the facilities and I am convinced that NIS is fully prepared for the job of issuing the new enhanced passport” Hamzat said.
The Comptroller General of Immigration, Mr Mohammed Babandede who received Hamzat said the service had successfully launched the enhanced e-Passport approved by President Buhari in January this year.
“The service has successfully rolled out the document in Abuja and today, we are here at the heart of the commercial centre of the country for the second phase of the roll out starting with the deputy governor of Lagos State.
“After 10 years of issuing the e-Passport, the service in 2017 found it expedient to review the document in line with International Civil Aviation Organization’s requirement with a view to improving the security of the document viz -a -viz latest technology and global best practices.
The philosophy behind it is national security and ease of doing business. That is why it has 20 additional security features, including the National Identity Number for robust identity management in Nigeria.
“The document also has different menu one of which is 64-page, 10 year validity passport which will save Nigerian business men’s time and resources of frequent visit to passport offices .The new passport has poly carbonate technology which makes it more durable”.