Perhaps you didn’t realize that your passport was not produced in Nigeria. Just like our currency, the passports were produced somewhere in Europe, costing tax payers much needed foreign exchange earnings.

But that is about to change from this year, as the federal government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will ensure Nigerian international passports are produced locally.

The agreement was signed between Iris Smart Technology Limited, a Nigerian company, and Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Plc at the Ministry of Interior in Abuja.

In his remarks at the ceremony, Abdulrahman Dambazau, the Minister of Interior, said the process that led to the signing of the MoU began two years ago.

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Listing the advantages of Nigeria producing the e-passport locally; Dambazau said it would protect the country’s our data base, create employment and allow Nigerians acquire skills in passport production.

“We must ensure that we provide Nigerians with the best quality passport booklet because that is what Nigerians deserve,” he said on Tuesday.

On his part, Mohammed Babandede, immigration comptroller-general, thanked the minister for ensuring that domestication of production of the passport was achieved.

Babandede stated that the first copy to be produced would be tested to ensure that it had the desired quality.

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