The Federal Government has approved the production and imple-mentation of the Electronic Passport in the country to meet the standards of other countries of the world.

The approval was given during the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC), meeting presided over by President Olusegun Obasanjo at the presidential villa, Abuja, yesterday as was requested by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service.

  Briefing State House correspondents, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mr. Frank Nweke Jr, said one of the reasons deliberated upon before the approval was given was the fact that the issue has been on the drawing board in the last four years.

According to the minister, Nigerians have been finding it very difficult to be admitted into entry points of some countries where the electronic passport are being implemented hence the approval of the new scheme to be carried out by the Nigerian Security printing and Minting Company and the Irish Technology of Malaysia

Daily Trust