The Chief Immigration Officer, Andrew Jaia Kaikai says Sierra Leone is using non other passport than the e-passport which has unique security features.
He said Thomas De La Rue is handling the printing of the e-passport, adding that no sooner the books arrived, they are lodged into the vaults at the bank of Sierra Leone and are issued only upon a production order by the immigration office after a client put in for one.
The new immigration boss said his office takes security issues with the seriousness it deserves, adding that they issue the passport to deserving persons.
Mr. Kaikai said the immigration office is also working hard to update the records of foreign nationals, naturalized citizens and are validating records of those with residential permit issue.
He said Sierra Leone had migrated from the machine readable passport to e-passport in 2014 in a quest to meet the International Civil Aviation Organization’s standards.
In a related development, the Chief Executive Officer of Net-page, Jamel Shallop says the asking price of the e-passport is US$ 100 as per agreement, but he is selling it at the moment for $80 equivalent to Le, 750,000.00 to absorb the inflation shocks.