The Federal Government has replaced the emergency travel certificate with a temporary passport for security reasons.
The Minister of Interior, Ra’uf Aregbesola, inaugurated the temporary passport at the Nigeria Immigration Service headquarters, Abuja yesterday.
The temporary passport is a new genre of travel document that will be issued at the Nigerian Embassies abroad to Nigerians wishing to return home but whose national passport was not available.
According to a statement by the NIS spokesman, Sunday James, titled: ‘Nigeria Immigration Service launches the Nigerian Temporary Passport’, the minister stated that the temporary passport was designed for a one-way travel to Nigeria only and that the new document replaces the hitherto Emergency Travel Certificate which was issued to Nigerians in emergency situations for the purpose of returning home.
The Comptroller-General of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, stated that the replaced ETC was a huge security threat to Nigeria and the global community “because it was an ordinary paper devoid of necessary security features of a travel document”.
He said the temporary passport has a chip and surface personalization which is an enhancement of the Electronic Passport Management System.
“The minister maintained that the temporary passport is International Civil Aviation Organisation, (ICAO)-compliant and is valid for only 30 days before the date of travel, adding that it is not in any way a replacement for the Nigerian passport, as it will only serve a temporary purpose in the case of loss or misplacement of the Nigerian passport by a Nigerian abroad”, the statement noted.