The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has unveiled in Kaduna, Kaduna State, an improved e-passport Production Centre.
At the official launch ceremony on Tuesday at the Kaduna State Command, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, who had been represented at the event by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Sani Kila, who previously served as Comptroller of the Kaduna State Command, expressed deep appreciation to the NIS for establishing this state-of-the-art facility in Kaduna State and emphasized that Nigeria is proud to be at the forefront of technological innovation, being the first country in Africa and fifth country
He guaranteed the Nigeria Immigration Service of the unwavering support and dedication of the State Government to collaboration.
In her address, the Acting Comptroller General of Immigration, Caroline Adepoju, stated that the current leadership of the NIS is committed to the nationwide deployment of the enhanced e-Passport, which includes all U.S. states and NIS missions abroad.
The Acting CGI emphasized that the National Identity Number (NIN) remains a requirement for obtaining the enhanced e-passport, and that the information contained in both documents must be consistent.
She insisted that the NIS is committed to delivering passports within the prescribed duration of three to six weeks following biometric capture, provided there are no technical issues or application discrepancies, such as differences in the National Identification Number (NIN) of applicants.
Attending dignitaries include the Assistant Comptroller General of Immigration in charge of the Human Resource Management Directorate, Usman Babangida, the Assistant Comptroller General of Immigration in charge of Passport and Other Travel Documents, Sadat Hassan, the former Acting CGI, R B Musa, and the Kaduna State Command Comptroller, Bashir Lawal. Others include the FCT and Katsina State Command Commandrollers, the Chiroman Zazzau, and the Kaduna State Security Agency Chiefs.