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According to Wikipedia, a passport is a travel document usually issued by a country’s government that certifies the identity and nationality of it’s holder for the purpose of international travel (and other business transactions). Standard passports contain the holders name, place and date of birth, photogragh, signature and other identifying information. The Standard Nigeria Passport (popularly known as International passport or Ecowas passport by many Nigerians) has the biometric information of the holder in a microchip embedded in the document (that is why it is sometimes referred to as electronic passport or e-passport), making them Machine Readable and very difficult to counterfeit.
Types of passports in Nigeria
1. Standard Nigeria Passport (green cover): This is the most commonly used travel document in Nigeria. For one to qualify to acquire Standard Nigeria Passport, the person must be a Nigerian by birth, naturalization and registration. No Nigerian is allowed to hold multiple Standard passports and all Standard passports have a life span of Ten (10) years with an initial validity of five (5) years. Upon expiration, the holder goes back for Re-issue (and no longer renewal).

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Requirements for obtaining a Standard Nigeria Passport:
A. Adults (18 years and above):
– Two (2) passport photographs
– Birth certificate or Affidavit of Age declaration
– Letter of Identification from local government of origin or residence
– Marriage certificate for a married woman

The Applicant must also download guarantor’s form from NIS web portal and the form must be:
– Completed by the guarantor and duly signed and taken to court for commissioner of oath’s endorsement.
– The guarantor must give the applicant photocopies of: (i) Data page of his/her Standard Nigeria Passport and (ii) National Identity Card or Driver’s license ( any two of the three documents mentioned)
– The guarantor must also give the applicant one (1) of his/her passport photograph (signed at the back).
NOTE: birth certificate as mentioned earlier refers to the one being issued by the National Population Commission and NOT Baptismal cards from any church or birth certificate from any Hospital.
– Secondly, if the applicant cannot download the guarantor’s form, he/she should at least endeavor to collect the other requirements from the guarantor
– The guarantor need not appear before the passport officer with the applicant.

B. Minors (0-17 years):
– Three (3) passport photographs
– Birth Certificate (from National Population Commission)
– Letters of consent from BOTH parents (or from a surviving parent, if the other is deceased)
– Marriage certificate (or affidavit of fact, with regards to traditional marriage or Islamic marriage)
– At least one (1) means of identification each from both parents (e.g data page of passports, drivers’ license, national identity card, voters card)
– One (1) passport photograph each from both parents
– Death certificate (For a minor whose parent or parents are deceased). The surviving parent/guardian accompanying the minor must present the death certificate(s) of the deceased parent(s)
– At least one of the parent(s) must accompany the minor to the passport office.

C. Loss Case:
– Police extract (from police station)
– Affidavit of loss (from court)
– Two (2) passport photographs
– Photocopy of data page of the lost passport
– Application for re-issue of lost passport (addressed to: The Comptroller, of the state command where it will be processed)

D. Case of damage:
– The applicant must go to the passport office with the damaged passport
– Two (2) passport photographs
– Application letter for re-issue of damaged passport.
NOTE: It is at discretion of the passport officer of the state command to address the issue or refer the applicant to the service headquarters.

E. Re-issue of expired passport:
– Two (2) passport photographs
– Photocopy of the data page of the expired passport
– Application letter for re-issue of expired passport (addressed to: The passport Schedule Officer; Nigeria Immigration Service; of the state command where one is routing his/her application).

F. Filled-up passport pages (before the expiration of the passport):
– Photocopy of the data page
– Photocopies of ALL the pages (that has endorsements, whether seen on arrival, S.O.A; seen on departure, S.O.D; visas; etc etc)
– Two (2) passport photographs
– Application letter for re-issue of filled-up passport ( addressed to: The passport schedule officer)

G. Change of data (as a result of marriage):
– Two (2) passport photographs
– Photocopy of data page of her Standard Nigeria Passport
– Marriage certificate
– Newspaper publication portraying the change of name
– Application letter (for change of data due to marriage), addressed to: The Passport Schedule Officer of the processing state.
– Photocopy of husband’s Standard Nigeria Passport (data page) or any other means of identification from her husband e.g. driver’s license or national ID card.

H. Change of data (as a result of family or personal change of name): This is at the discretion of the passport officer
– Two (2) passport photographs
– Photocopy of Standard Nigeria Passport (a.k.a International passport)
– Newspaper publication
– ‘WAEC’ or First School Leaving Certificate (or both) and other academic certificates bearing the name
– Application letter for change of data.

NOTE: that in the cases related to 1 E, F, G & H above, the PHYSICAL passport booklet MUST be presented to the passport officer.


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    Nigeria’s President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, arrived on the Presidential
    Villa right now after his unannounced journey to London. Studies are that the President-elect arrived a couple of minutes
    early to his 11am arrival time.

    President-elect Buhari was accompanied by the Vice President-elect Yemi Osinbajo, and
    members of the APC Transition Committee together with its Chairman Ahmed Joda, the APC Chairman John Oyegun, in addition to Lai Mohammed, Rotimi Ameachi, Tam David West, amongst others.

    Buhari advised the media throughout a press convention after his tour of Aso Rock that “[President Jonathan’s] phone name modified the course of Nigeria’s political historical past.” President-elect Buhari famous that President Jonathan may have
    made issues very tough for Nigeria, however by selecting to just accept the
    end result of the 2015 election, however reasonably he selected the “path of honor.”

    President-elect Buhari commended Jonathan’s statesmanship,
    “For that you’ve earned your self a spot in our historical past, for stabilising this system of multiparty democracy system and you’ve got earned the respect of not solely Nigerians however world leaders,” the President-elect stated.

    “All the leaders that spoke to me and congratulated us for arriving at the purpose we arrived, talked about this and that i might sense relief of their voices that Nigeria has made it in spite of everything and this is essentially owed to a scenario,” he added.

    When requested concerning the handover notes by members of the press,
    President-elect Buhari stated that he “could not touch upon the small print of the handover notes till he has been in a position to evaluate them.”

    Mr. Jonathan handed an government abstract of
    the handover notes to Mr. Buhari, earlier, and included a replica of
    the Nationwide Convention Report, which mapped
    the suggestions primarily based on the 2014 Nationwide Convention.

    “It is my pleasure on behalf of the Vice President, members of the government council and different senior functionaries to formally hand over these handover notes to Basic Muhammadu Buhari, the President elect who will assume workplace tomorrow,” President Jonathan stated.

    “This provides you with a mission assertion of the dedication of this authorities for the previous 5 years and the instructions we’re going that may enable you to navigate,” he added.

    The President stated in his remarks that his administration did
    the most effective it might to assist affect constructive change in a few of Nigeria’s largest points.

    Mr. Jonathan stated, “As we hand over the reins of authorities, I consider that our nation is safe, our democracy is stable, and the long run is vibrant. Allow us to all work collectively and with better resolve, proceed to construct a stronger and extra affluent nation.”

    Ahmed Joda, Chairman of the APC Transition Committee, confirmed the receipt of the
    handover notes from the Federal Government’s committee.
    He mentioned that the committee was nonetheless finding out
    the notes and handing over the findings when it they’re achieved.

    President-elect Buhari is because of be sworn in tomorrow
    as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It
    will mark the primary time in Nigeria’s historical past that an incumbent political occasion is unseated by common vote.

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    July 5, 2017 at 12:41 pm Reply

    ON Wednesday, June 9, 2010, I wrote an article within the Nigerian Tribune by which I advocated that the then Liberty Stadium be renamed Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, amongst different causes, to steadiness the political equation of the primary
    republic, since Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and Sir Ahmadu Bello had stadia named after them.
    Later that yr, on Monday 22nd November, I adopted up with one other write-up wherein I commended former President Goodluck Jonathan for acceding to my
    request within the case of Chief Awolowo and the Liberty Stadium.
    I went on to remind the president about my second plea to call the
    Nationwide Stadium, Abuja, after MKO Abiola, who, amongst different issues
    in his lifetime, was additionally the Pillar of Sports activities
    in Africa. Until now, that has not been performed. But the supreme sacrifice which the Owu, Abeokuta chief made can’t
    ever be forgotten, as it’s of vital historic significance.

    Though many different folks died on the agitation to
    have MKO’s mandate of June 12, 1993 actualised, the very fact stays that the previous Concord writer was the most important actor and central
    determine of the incident. The liberty we now take pleasure
    in in Nigeria at this time and the enthronement of democracy have been a direct results of the
    Abiola story. It’s ridiculous the try to localise the
    import and particular person of Abiola. He was a nationwide determine and his sacrifice was for all Nigerians, not
    simply Abeokuta, Ogun state, the South West or the Yoruba.
    He was certainly the elected president Nigeria by no means
    has as Awo was the most effective president Nigeria by no means had.

    The try and rename the College of Lagos after him was resisted by stakeholders of the college and the regulation establishing the establishment made it unimaginable.

    It’s my thought-about view that what Abiola deserves is a monument
    within the Federal Capital Territory, the seat of the Federal Authorities and the
    Nationwide Meeting. I make daring to recommend the next: Aso Rock (the Presidential Villa), the
    Nationwide Meeting Advanced, the Worldwide Convention Centre and the Eagle Sq..
    This might be the actual import and full implications of MKO Abiola and June 12, 1993.
    The concept of the nationwide stadium is an inferior various.
    I sincerely hope that the conscience of current day leaders in authorities
    (within the Govt and Legislature) who’re direct beneficiaries of the
    Abiola narrative, will likely be pricked to do what is true and for which historical past will etch their names in letters of gold.
    This choice will be meaningfully taken between now and the
    following posthumous birthday of MKO in August this yr,
    when he would have like me in Might, turned eighty.

    One remaining level in regards to the matter is that of the Federal Authorities insists on preserving Might 29 as Democracy Day as
    a result of that was the place Nigeria modified
    from a army to a civilian administration, it ought to at
    the very least accord June 12 some recognition by declaring it a public vacation all through the nation.
    Abiola himself must be given a posthumous nationwide honour of Grand Commander, both of the Federal Republic (GCFR) or of the Niger, (GCON).


    July 19, 2017 at 5:48 am Reply

    Sorrow is best than worry. Concern is a journey, a horrible journey.

    However sorrow is at the very least an arrival.
    When the storm threatens, a man is afraid for his home.
    However when the home is destroyed, there may be one thing to do.

    A few storm he can do nothing, however he can rebuild a house…”

    “Cry, the beloved nation, for the unborn little
    one that’s the inheritor of our fear…”

    “The tragedy isn’t that issues are damaged. The tragedy is that issues should not mended again”.
    (Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Nation).

    The setting of Alan Paton’s Cry, The Beloved Nation is apartheid South Africa.
    However it’s starting to look that the artful creator had the Nigeria’s
    present dispensation in thoughts too when he wrote that evergreen novel.
    First, the title of the novel is apt for the present scenario within the nation that confirmed a lot promise at independence however accessible knowledge items are starting to painting essentially the
    most populous black nation on earth as a failed state.
    For the time being, not a couple of residents are crying for the beloved
    nation that political leaders have ruined. We will solely discover some structure within the ruins and rubbles that
    solar continues to be shinning on. It’s not a truth right
    now that the ‘sorrow’ we had beneath the army rule has turned to concern in a democracy
    after simply 18 years? As Paton foresaw, has a horrible storm not blown away our home, which is why one other creator, Karl
    Maier, has truly reported that, “this home has fallen”?
    From the cacophony of mysterious give up notices throughout
    the land, can we rebuild this home of commotion? ‘He-he-he’, can the no-longer silent military of
    indignant and jobless younger ones and even the unborn kids who’ve inherited “our fear” for the way forward for
    the unequal yoke since 1914 tolerate the continued the extant un-federal character
    nonsense? Because the South African seer, Paton has famous too, the tragedy
    at present is definitely not that issues ate damaged.
    Oh sure, the tragedy is that we can not see any glimmer of hope that issues
    are going to be mended once more in a rustic that used to boast of probably the greatest examples in a discussion board
    of federations- earlier than they struck in 1966. And in order we
    be a part of the bandwagon of even the governing party’s governors who at the moment are crying for the
    beloved nation, saying that poor governance system is accountable for the
    deadly agitation for self-willpower within the
    nation, we have to reiterate the place the rains truly started to beat us, on this

    As I used to be saying final week, a constitutional physique, the federal character fee (FCC) established to advertise nationwide unity and cohesion in managing our very
    advanced range has failed in its authorized obligation to the nation: the physique
    can’t mirror federal character even within the institution. And that
    alone has been producing tension within the physique.

    Which was there was a suggestion right here final week that there
    was a necessity to permit the regulation to rule within the fee first earlier than it may
    apply it correctly within the nation’s public service.Because the holy e-book has
    lengthy established, if the inspiration be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
    If the president’s males can’t advise the Chief Govt of the Federation to not appoint the
    Appearing Chairman and Secretary of the Federal Character Fee on this advanced federation then there’s a disaster of character
    within the presidency itself.

    That is the disaster that has touched off a sequence of fiery articles on Buhari’s
    unending lopsided and parochial appointments.
    We could also be blaming so many different elements for the
    present disaster of confidence within the (103 years outdated) unequal yoke known as
    Nigeria, probably the most telling issue, on this
    regard, has been presidential appointments into the safety and
    intelligence and paramilitary establishments within the fragile nation. Certainly, nation constructing is a essential project that isn’t for the parochial minded.
    Nor is it for the fainthearted. That’s the reason at this defining second
    within the life of the nation, the safety and intelligence establishments can not be revered and trusted to face for the nation. There is just one purpose:
    greater than ninety five per cent of safety, intelligence and paramilitary appointments come from the northern area the place the president hails
    from. It’s not but time to launch graphic particulars.

    However the most vital posts are these of the Nationwide Safety Adviser (Babagana Monguno, Borno state) Director Common, State Safety Service, (Lawal Daura, Katsina State) Chief of Military Employees, (Tukur Yusuf Buratai, Borno State) Chief of
    Air Employees, (Sadique Abubakar, Bauchi State), Defence Minister, (Mansur Dan Ali, Zamfara State) Inside Minister, (Abdulrahman Bambazau, Kano State) who
    additionally controls the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Prisons Service).

    The Nigerian Customs Service Comptroller- Basic Hammed Ibrahim Ali hails from Bauchi State; the Inspector Basic of Police,
    Ibrahim Idris is from Niger State; the Comptroller-Common of Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammed Babandede, is
    from Jigawa State; the Comptroller-Generalof Nigerian Prisons Service, Ja’a faru Ahmed,
    hails from Kebbi. Even the Commandant Common of Nigerian Safety and Civil Defence Corps, Abdullahi Muhammadu hails from Niger State.
    The Federal Highway Security Corps boss, Boboye Oyeyemi hails from Kwara State.
    The Chief of Defence Employees Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin who hails from Ekiti State and the Chief of Naval Employees, Ibok Ete Ekwe Ibas from Cross River
    State are the one two from the South on this dispensation. Even Olonisakin’s tenure was the
    opposite day prolonged by the C-in-C and that has implications.

    What’s extra curious, most of them are Muslims in a rustic dominated by Muslims and Christians.
    At a time, there was this joke within the North that of
    all vital appointments the president made from the
    North, solely three Christians had been included
    and considered one of them Babachir, David Lawal, (Adamawa State) the Secretary to the federal government of the Federation, has been suspended from workplace.
    The second is the Govt Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Fee (NCPC) Rev.
    Tor Uja (Benue State) and the third one is Boss Mustapha, Managing Director of Nationwide Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) from Adamawa state.
    This can also be quixotic within the excessive.

    Whilst safety is one essential challenge confronting the nation immediately,
    if there’s intelligence and safety chiefs emergency assembly, as an illustration, on the Kaduna Declaration and
    Stop Notices from all of the geo-political zones, will there be any officer
    from the southern zone? Don’t inform me the
    Chief of Naval Workers and Chief of Defence Employees can be there.
    They could not even be there. Observe this hidden reality:
    the 2004 Nationwide Safety Act (Part 18), which gives that the Service Chiefs
    needs to be confirmed by the Senate, doesn’t embrace the Chief of
    Defence Employees for affirmation. Which means that the CDC workplace is just not
    so vital. Sure, all service chiefs are equal and vital
    however insiders know that some are extra equal and necessary than others.
    There are two grave implications right here so far as peace constructing and battle decision is worried: nobody from the complete South believes, as an illustration, the Inspector Basic of Police and the DG, State
    Providers Division after they threaten to arrest the givers
    of stop discover from Kaduna. Extra essential is that the Fulani herdsmen have been killing individuals and
    occupying farms and colleges all around the place as a result of they (herdsmen) are assured that nobody
    will arrest them, in spite of everything: the NSA, The IGP and the DG, DSS is not going
    to authorize any arrest of Fulani herdsmen.
    So, a major part of the nation has misplaced confidence in your entire safety and intelligence
    system, even at this perilous time. What’s worse, the whole Christian neighborhood within the nation too continues
    to worry reprisals from even the safety system dominated
    by Muslims within the nation. Moreover, one officer stated to me on the weekend that the herdsmen get hold of
    their arms from the identical skewed safety system.
    That is how the Buhari presidency has created worry of the
    unknown by means of parochial and really lopsided appointments that the majority
    involved commentators together with many APC stakeholders have been complaining
    about. Don’t inform me former President Goodluck Jonathan did so.

    Two wrongs can’t make a proper. That was why we voted for President Buhari who
    advised us on the day he was sworn in, that he would “belong to nobody”.
    That has turned out to be one other pretend information merchandise,in any case.
    There’s already a disaster of character and credibility within the presidency right here.

    There can also be a weightier matter of political management too that the ruling
    APC messed up two years in the past when the
    nationwide meeting was inaugurated. It could not have been in the general public
    house for debate day by day. However information collectors on the
    state of the nation within the context of who-is-the place will let you know that one
    of many troubles with APC is energy sharing too.
    How? In Nigeria at this time, if you look on the perking order,
    the PresidentMuhammadu Buhari (North West) the
    President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki (North Central) and
    the Speaker of the Home, Yakubu Dogara (North East) whereas the Vice
    President Yemi Osinbajo (South West). Of the primary 4 residents, three are from the North.

    That is a part of the elemental political palaver the ruling APC triggered for
    failing to guide effectively from the start in 2015.
    However the disaster of character they’ve exhibited is at present
    threatening peace, safety and even unity of the nation. There is no such thing as a
    query about this: the structure recognises solely the workplace of the president and the vice president.
    The Performing President place is tenuous. There are particular selections the Performing President can not take when “comes to become” because the bombastic Okay.O Mbadiwe would have famous.And right here is the factor,
    the buck stops on solely the president’s desk so
    long as he’s alive. Even the spouse of the president has complained about this energy-sharing headache inside the ruling social gathering.
    When individuals started to complain about parochial appointments in 2015/2016, Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Discussion board and
    former IGP, Ibrahim Coomassie was the one who requested individuals high cool temper, noting that different appointments have
    been but to come back. That promise too has grow
    to be yet one more faux promise because it has been enterprise as normal.
    And the Federal Character Fee (FCC) has been complacent and complicit
    about this incipient malaise that has eaten deep into the country’s fabric.

    As Alan Paton has famous, this concern that poor politics
    of alienation has triggered is a protracted, horrible journey.

    We are going to proceed to analyse the pilgrims’ progress subsequent
    week by His grace!

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