His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio and Vice PresidentDr Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh on Tuesday 6th December, 2022 received the first copies of the new securitised national passports from the Chief Immigration Officer, Andrew Jaiah Kaikai and confer Sierra Leonean citizenship to 109 African diasporans.
The new national passport is an upgraded electronic version of the previous one with special security features to avert potential forgery and cloning of the country's passport.
Minister of Internal Affairs, David Panda-Noah, told the President, "I feel elated to be here as part of the continuation of the process leading to the provision of affordable securitised passports for the citizens of Sierra Leone. This passport merit International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recognition".
He added that as part of the President’s directives to transform the immigration system, they had engaged the E-passport contractor to upgrade the existing passport to include special securitised features.