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Gen Nyakairima assured Ugandans that the process of issuing the e-passports will be fast-tracked to save Ugandan travellers from facing hard time at international airports.
“I understand that said the process of issuing the national identity cards has moved at a snail pace, but I want to assure all Ugandans that this is to be worked up on within the time frame work to avoid any inconveniences,” Nyakayirima noted while meeting Muslim leaders at Kibuli Mosque.
ICAO has set November 24, 2015 as the dead line for all countries to have issued electronic passports to their citizens.
A biometric passport, also known as an e-passport or digital passport is a combined paper and electronic passport that contains biometric information that can be used to authenticate the identity of travellers.
It uses contactless smart card technology, including a microprocessor chip (computer chip) and antenna (for both power to the chip and communication) embedded in the front or back cover, or centre page, of the passport.
Nigeria is currently one of the few nations in Africa that issues biometric passports, and has done it since 2007.
The harmonised ECOWAS Smart electronic passport issued by the Nigerian Immigrations Service is powered by biometric technology in tandem with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) specifications for international travels.