The Senate has mandated the Committees on Inside and Overseas Affairs to interact Ministers, the Comptroller Common of immigration, Ambassadors and Consular Officers to introduce measures to make it straightforward for Nigerians overseas to resume their passports.
The choice was reached after the consideration of a movement titled: “Pressing must take away the problem confronted by Nigerians outdoors of the shores of Nigeria in renewing their Passport”.
The sponsor, Senator Matthew Urhoghide (PDP – Edo South), condemned the hardship confronted by Nigerians in renewing their journey paperwork.
The lawmaker mentioned the worst hit are nationals in Austria, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom and United States of America.
Urhoghide famous that within the U.S. there are solely 4 facilities for passport renewal – Atlanta, California, New York and Washington D.C.
“Candidates spend months attempting to resume expired passports. The one ones who get speedy consideration are those who pay to the middlemen or on to the embassy officers,” he mentioned.
The Public Accounts Committee Chairman decried the state of affairs the place Nigerians are made to bodily current at renewal facilities.
Citing seize as the rationale given by the Immigration Service, Urhoghide mentioned it was not tenable since candidates’ bio-data are already within the database.
The Senator lamented that on the renewal facilities, there exist middlemen who’re both working with or for officers of the Nigerian Embassies.
“That is very true of renewal facilities within the U.S. and Italy; movies of this follow are awash on social media. These middlemen demand cash from Nigerians to ebook a seize (interview) date,” he added.
Urhoghide decried how visa issuance, passport renewal and several other different providers rendered by the Nigerian Embassies have became rackets by officers and their overseas companions.
“Fee for the renewal is completed with credit score/debit playing cards of the holder or proprietor just for himself or herself. Fee for the kids or some other member of the family is completed utilizing cash order and this cash order must be despatched by publish. This has recorded lacking cash orders.”
Urhoghide added that the federal officers can’t feign ignorance of the challenges confronted by residents, the existence of middlemen and the inadequacy of renewal facilities.
In a decision, the Senate directed related ministries and businesses to extend the variety of facilities the place passports might be renewed overseas, cease using middlemen and periodically assess the actions of overseas missions.