The Federal Government on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), on domestication of production of Nigeria’s International Passports.
According to Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd), who said he was glad to witness the signing of the MoU, the Government took the decision to domesticate production as part of the ongoing vision to boost job opportunity for citizens. He added that the domestication means that the production of the e-passport will be in Nigeria alone and will no longer be by foreigners.
To this end, an agreement was signed between IRIS SMART TECHNOLOGY LTD, an indigenous company, and Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Plc at the Ministry of Interior in Abuja.
The minister disclosed that the process that led to signing of the MoU began two years ago, explaining that before the agreement, passport booklets were produced outside the country; and enumerated the advantages of Nigeria producing the e-passport to include “protection of our data base.”
According to him the producing the document locally would provide employment for Nigerians to acquire skills in passport production as well as technological know-how in production of high quality passport booklets.

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