President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Nigerian Security Printing & Minting Company to solely produce and personalize all Nigerian E-passports and related documentation.
The directive was contained in a statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
According to the statement, the renewed responsibility will end every existing memorandum of understanding and contracts on printing by other institutions and companies.
The company which has the objective of producing the nation’s currency notes and coins for the Central Bank of Nigeria as well as security documents for Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government, banks and other blue-chip companies, is the largest banknote and security documents specialist printing company in West Africa.
Under the leadership of the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, the Mint was given targets after its performance was rapidly dwindling in terms of both currency production and security documents prior to 2014.
According to the Managing Director of The Mint, Abbas Masanawa, the printing agency has witnessed turnover since the targets.