Nigerian passports to get world respect with ICAO PKD integration, says FG

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The Federal Government has hinted that Nigerian passports will henceforth be revered at overseas borders after being built-in into the International Civil Aviation Organisation Public Key Directory and Public Key Infrastructure.

The FG made this recognized via the Ministry of Interior on the X platform on Tuesday whereas replying to a tweet by a journey content material creator, Tayo Aina.

On Monday, Aina made a promotional video for a St. Kitts passport that he acquired for $150,000, allaying fears about exploring the world together with his Nigerian passport.

However, his declare within the video elicited backlash from netizens who scolded him for speaking down on Nigeria’s passport to advertise a less-known nation’s passport.

A couple of hours later, the journey content material creator quoted the video apologising for his earlier tackle the nation’s passport.

He wrote, “I’m sorry, guys. I lied. With this passport, you’re not only a traveller; you’re a worldwide citizen. It liberates you with visa-free entry to over 149 international locations, opening up a world of alternatives for you.

“Immigration officers around the globe respect it, and you will get VIP treatment once you present it at any airport worldwide. It’s priceless.”

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Meanwhile, the deal with of the Ministry of Interior quoted his tweet saying, “Nigerians will now take pleasure in a smoother and safer journey expertise because the Nigerian passport has been built-in into the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Public Key Directory (PKD) and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).

“The ICAO PKD and PKI methods be sure that the information embedded in digital passports, resembling biometric info, may be verified towards trusted sources.

“This means that Nigerian passports can now be authenticated more efficiently at international borders, reducing delays and enhancing security,” it added.

Meanwhile, checks by our correspondent to disclose the nation beneath the ICAO PKD member international locations revealed Nigeria as one.

The advantages for the PKD member international locations embrace enabling a easy, quick, and cost-efficient approach of validating ePassports; multilateral information change is extra environment friendly than bilateral diplomatic exchanges; your residents will probably be extra revered at overseas border check-points; the potential for falsifying the doc is diminished because the compromised or false chips are instantly detected; residents with e-Passports can take pleasure in simpler border crossings, amongst others.

Further checks additionally revealed that becoming a member of the PKD is a proactive strategy to combating worldwide terrorism and organised crime.

Currently, the ICAO PKD has 61 member states worldwide, of which 30 are OSCE collaborating states and 5 are OSCE Partners for cooperation.



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