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    Great News! Nigeria to begin local production of e-passports by 2018

    - Immigration boss, Muhammad Babandede disclosed that by 2018, the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company Ltd. would begin local production of the e-passports

    - The Nigerian e-passports are currently being manufactured by a Malaysian company, via its subsidiary in Nigeria

    - According to Babandede, jobs would be created, critical data would be secured, and cost would be reduced, when local production begins

    Muhammad Babandede, the comptroller-general of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has stated that from 2018, the Nigerian e-passport will be produced within the country.

    According to reports, the immigration boss made his comments during an oversight visit by members of the House of Reps. Committee on Interior, on Thursday July 13.

    READ ALSO: Lagos monarchs get strong warning from government over land grabbing gathers that Babandede said local production of the passports would be achieved by the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company Ltd. in 2018; and the immigration service was working very hard towards that.

    A Malaysian firm, Iris Corporation currently manufactures the Nigerian e-passport via its subsidiary in Nigeria, Iris Smart Technology Nigeria Ltd.

    When local production begins, Babandede disclosed that cost would be reduced, more jobs would be created for Nigerians, and critical data base would be secured.

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    Meanwhile, previously reported that the Senate invited the attorney general of the federation and minister of justice Abubakar Malami; accountant general of the federation Ahmed Idris; minister of interior Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.); and four private companies to appear before it and explain a multi-billion naira e-passport production deal.

    Also invited were four companies engaged by the Nigeria Immigration Service in a public private partnership arrangement over the years.

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