The Federal Government on Tuesday launched the Nigerian Temporary Passport (NTP) for citizens of the country living abroad. “The NTP is a travel document designed for a one-way trip to Nigeria only,” the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola tweeted. “The NTP 4-page booklet will now replace the unstandardized Emergency Travel Certificate (ETC).”
The minister noted, however, that “it is valid for only 30 days after issuance or arrival in Nigeria, whichever comes first.” While stating that the temporary passport does not replace the Nigerian passport, the former Osun State governor, however, explained that “It is an electronic document that has all the features of a regular passport, just that it is temporary and valid for one trip and will be retrieved from the user at the entry point.”
Aregbesola noted that the NTP will be issued to Nigerians to return home in emergency cases in the event of a loss or misplacement of their passport.