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Nigerians in diaspora urge FG to streamline passport application process

They asked the federal government and diplomatic missions abroad to make passport application processes easier.

• September 11, 2021

Nigerians in Diaspora (NIDO) Americas has urged the federal government to streamline the passport application process to address issues of fake web registration.

The chairman of NIDO-Americas, Obed Monago, suggested this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday night.

He spoke on the heels of the red flag raised by the Nigerian Consulate in New York warning against a fake website on registration and renewal of passports.

“It is really unfortunate what is happening with obtaining a Nigerian passport or renewing it. It does appear that some individuals in the diaspora are capitalizing on the past disconnected and unconnected activities at some of our missions abroad to swindle others.

“The New York consulate just put out a public notice about an illegal website, set up by some mischief makers to swindle others.

“Government and the diplomatic missions abroad should work hard to streamline their activities, so that when one applies for a passport, one gets it and as when due.

“This way, there will be no room for such illegal practices to prosper. We seriously need to simplify the process and bring it at par with other countries”, Mr Monago said.

NIDO comprises Nigerians in diaspora organisations in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Oceania and Africa.

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