Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the production and personalization of all Nigerian E-passports and related documentation shall be the sole responsibility of the Nigerian Security Printing & Minting Company (NSPMC) popularly known as The Mint.
Earlier this year, Nigeria launched an electronic international Passport with a 10-year validity period.
The new electronic Passport has enhanced self-tracking application; express center for urgent applications; weather friendly, compliant with latest International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards; polycarbonate technology that eliminates damage and enhanced security features.
Mr Abbas Umar Masanawa, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of The Mint established in 1963 with the objective of producing the nation’s security documents and currency notes as well as coins, pledged that The Mint would justify the renewed confidence reposed in it by the President, “as we are moving to the Next Level, and poised to boost national security and integrity, we will conserve scarce foreign exchange, improve revenue generation, create job opportunities, and boost acquisition/transfer of technology.”
With the new directive from the President, all existing memoranda of understanding and contracts on printing by other institutions/ companies will not be renewed.