FG launches temporary passport for Nigerians in diaspora
The federal government on Tuesday, March 9 launched the Nigerian Temporary Passport (NTP) for Nigerians in the diaspora.
This was disclosed by the Minister of interior Rauf Aregbesola while speaking at the launch at headquarters of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in Abuja.
Aregbesola said the NTP is a new genre of passport that will be issued at Nigerian embassies and high commissions to Nigerians who want to return home but whose national passport is not available.
The NTP which is a travel document designed for a one-way travel to Nigeria only, replaces the Emergency Travel Certificate (ETC) which is issued to Nigerians to return home in emergency situations in the case of loss or misplacement of their passport.
The temporary passport is ICAO compliant and it is valid for only 30 days before the date of travel.
Also speaking on the matter, comptroller-general of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede described the temporary passport as a catalyst to Nigeria’s desire for effective identity management as it has a chip and surface personalisation ”which is an enhancement of the current Electronic Passport Management System (EPMS)”.