Friday, 7 March 2014

New e-passport fees approved

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The federal government on Thursday in Abuja announced major reforms and fees in all the categories of Nigerian e-passports.

The reforms are contained in a statement signed by the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr David Parradang.

The statement stated that the approval was conveyed to the service in a letter dated 5 February 2014, from the Ministry of Interior.

According to the statement, with the approval of the new fees and categories of e-passport, a 64-page frequent travellers passport would be obtained at N20,000.

It also said that passports for 18 to 60 year-olds would go for N15,000 while those for people below 18 years as well as 60 years and above would be procured at N8,750.

Also approved, the statement said, was the charge for change of data or a lost passport which would cost N20,000.

Similarly, change of names due to marriage, divorce and death of spouse would be effected at N8,750 while change of data on request would attract N30,000 as processing fees.

It listed advantages of the reform to include gender friendliness and care for the young and the aged.

"The reform also accommodates frequent travellers, forestalls identity theft and conforms to international best practice," it said.

The statement also said that the effective date for the new passport would be announced soon.

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