The Nigerian government has introduced a new condition for prospective applicants for the Nigerian passport.
According to the federal government, Nigerians will from 2018 need their national Identification Number, NIN, for the processing of the Nigerian passport.
This was made known by the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigraition Service, NIS, Mohammed Babandede who stated that no Nigerian will be able to obtain a valid Nigerian passport or renew an old international passport in the absence of the National Identification Number, NIN.
Mohammed Babandede while speaking on Tuesday to newsmen after a meeting of the database harmonisation committee stated that the latest development is part of the move by the federal government to have a centralised database for Nigerians and to also improve the business environment in the country.
He stated that the NIS is targeting about 180 million persons in the space of three years, a boost from the present number pegged at 20 million Nigerians.