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Passport Scarcity: Nigerians in Italy lose jobs, beg FG to supply booklets

Nigerians in Italy

Nigerians in Italy lose jobs, beg FG to supply

Nigerians living in Italy have appealed to the Federal Government for the regular supply of international passport booklets to the Nigerian mission in Italy to enable citizens to renew their passports.

The National Union of Nigerians Associations in Italy, (NUNAI) made the appeal in an open letter signed by its President, Rowland Ndukuba, and made available to newsmen in Abuja.

The Union, which directed the appeal to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Interior and the Controller-General of Immigration, said the inability of Nigerians to renew their passports was threatening the members’ livelihood.

NUNAI, speaking on behalf of Nigerians in Italy also stated that a lot of Nigerians were disengaged from work by the host authority for failure to produce valid international passports.

The association explained that the International passport was the only document recognized by host countries that could be used to process any form of documentation and licenses required to live in the country. 

"NUNAI wishes to lay a very strong appeal to the Ministers of Interior and Foreign Affairs including the Controller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service to save thousands of Nigerians living in Italy.

This appeal has become necessary as a lot of Nigerians are being stopped from their various jobs because they are unable to present a valid passport to renew their working contract and their residency to stay in Italy.

“The Embassy in Rome is doing everything possible to clear the backlog of seven months on ground as those that were scanned in the middle of May to date are yet to get their passport printing.

“The Nigeria Embassy in Rome captured nothing less than 3,000 Nigerians in a month for passport and the mission receives passport booklets of 1500, 1000, and even 500 on an irregular monthly basis.


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