All payments for Nigeria’s international passport have all gone online in what may underscore growing adoption of e-payment by the nation’s public sector.
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) announced that all its payments have now gone online and can be done using any of the local or international cards.
“All payments are done through the online payment platform . Visit any of the following banks in Nigeria to make payments for applications issued locally-Sterling, Intercontinental, Afribank, Oceanic, BankPHB and UBA banks. For payments done outside Nigeria the use of VISA, MASTER and AMEX cards are required. Please apply using the button from the top of the page: “Apply online”, the NIS says on its website in the wake of the launch of the new e-passport last July by President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to NIS, the Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the underlisted payment thresholds for e-passports:
Sixty-four (64) page e-passport @ N20,000.00
Below eighteen years e-passport @N8,750.00
Eighteen (18) years to sixty (60) e-passport @ N15,000.00
Sixty (60) years and above e-passport @N8,750.00
Change of data/lost e-passport @N20,000.00
Change of name as a result of marriage, divorce and deceased spouse
Processing fee for Change of Data on request N30,000.00
Jonathan had on July 30, 2014 launched the e-passport reform in Abuja where he also showed the 64-page Diplomatic e-passport issued to him in the presence of members of the Federal Executive Council.
At the event, Jonathan asked the Immigration Service to ensure that bona-fide Nigerians avail themselves of the e-passport to enable them pursue legitimate undertakings.
According to NIS, the e-passport reform encompasses the 64-page e-passport for frequent travellers, variation in fee charged to accommodate different age brackets and marital status of the travelling public and overall enhanced security features.
Mr. David Parradang, the Comptroller General of Immigration Service, in an interactive session on the eve of the launch, directed all the e-passport Control Officers in the Federation and the e-passport Solution Providers that the sensitisation materials for public awareness be put to good use and all avenues be opened for all enquiries to make the cross over seamless.
Parradang directed the State Comptrollers of Immigration and Passport Control Officers to liaise with respective State Governors, the Speakers, States Chief Judge and the traditional Institutions to ensure grass root publicity, NIS says.
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