Previously issued passports were valid for 5 years.
Comptroller-general of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammed Babandede announced the development at the Ikoyi passport office in Lagos, adding that Buhari also approved improved security features and quality for the passport booklets.
Nigeria hopes to begin distribution of the new passports by the end of the year.
“President Buhari has approved 10-year validity for passports which is great news. When the report comes, passports will be valid for 10 years which is great news especially for adults from the age of 18 and above,” Babandede said.
He said the 10-year validity will ease the pressure on demands for new passports which often caused shortages in the past. Applicants will however pay more for the new passports.
“People will pay more if they can pay more and get the booklets quickly, it’s good with improved security for 10 years validity.”
“You can’t keep documents for 10 years without seeing decreased values in them, so we are improving the security features which would raise the standards of the passports,” he added.