The Coalition of Civil Society Groups (CSOs) has lauded the e-passport initiative of the Federal Government describing it as placing Nigerians in the league of serious nations.
The coalition in a statement issued in Abuja and signed by its Coordinator, Tunde Adegbemiro said the initiative is a product of focused leadership, which is highly commendable.
“The e-passport initiative has put Nigeria in the league of serious nations as the passport is a document of National pride.”
He said passports as presently issued have been discovered to possess security features that make it almost impossible to be compromised.
Commenting on the N2000 being charged, Adegbemiro said the amount is being remitted to the government through the Nigeria Immigration Service and that the said sum is the cost paid by applicants for verification of addresses and delivery of passports upon issuance.
The CSOs said the money is accessed in line with the public private partnership agreement by all parties concerned.
The group further stated that based on its investigations so far, no individual or group has been found to have defrauded Nigerians as the said money is being paid into the Federal Government coffers through the Nigeria Immigration Service and same jointly accessed by all parties involved in line with the Public Private Partnership agreement.
“The e-passport initiative is a laudable one and should be vigorously supported”he said
“The 21st century is propelled by the use of ICT in an era where the world is unified by free access to information and the use of ICT in solving both simple and complex problems.