The Nigerian government has launched a Nigerian Temporary Passport for Nigerians in the diaspora.
The document was launched on Tuesday by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.
Aregbesola, who spoke at the launch at headquarters of the Nigerian Immigration Service in Abuja, described the NTP as 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 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.
Muhammad Babandede, the Comptroller-General of the NIS, who also spoke at the event described the temporary passport as a catalyst for Nigeria’s desire for effective identity management as it has a chip and surface personalisation.
“These features are an enhancement of the current Electronic Passport Management System,” he said.