The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation, Europe (NIDO-Europe), Italy Chapter, have revealed that about 1.5 million out of its 3 million registered members in Italy are affected by the shortage of Nigerian passports.
In accordance with NAN, this was disclosed by the Chairman of NIDO-Europe, Italy Chapter, Mr George Omo-Iduhon, throughout an interview on Monday whereas reflecting on the actions of NIDOE in Europe and Italy.
Omo-Iduhon mentioned there are extra Nigerians in Italy than in different European international locations and the registered Nigerians in keeping with database are 3 million asides undocumented ones.
He mentioned, “One of many main issues confronted by Nigerians dwelling in Italy is a scarcity of Nigerian passports that may assist facilitate their motion and work allow. The Nigerian authorities ought to assist deal with this nagging drawback as a result of Italy serves because the gateway to different international locations in Europe, particularly for Nigerians.
“About 1.5 million Nigerians in Italy don’t have passports, even a few of these which were accepted by the Italian authorities haven’t been issued Nigerian passports which makes it troublesome for them to work.’’
Going additional, Omo-Iduhon identified that the availability of 500 booklets of passport to the Nigerian embassy in Italy was grossly insufficient to serve the variety of Nigerians resident in Italy.
He mentioned, “Utilizing the identical sharing formulation for all of the counties in Europe can not work in Italy the place we’ve got extra Nigerians. We’re interesting to the related authorities businesses and our amiable Minister for Inner Affairs, Rauf Aregbesola to assist us deal with this concern.
“The Chairman of NIDCOM, Mrs Abike Dabiri has additionally been of nice help to us.’’
What it is best to know
The NIDOE is recognised because the official platform by way of which Nigerians in Diaspora can channel their growth efforts in Nigeria.
NIDOE companions with the Nigerian group, skilled organisations in addition to private and non-private companies in centered areas corresponding to International Direct Investments (FDI) skilled networking, stakeholders’ advocacy, medical missions, academic help and talent switch to Nigeria.
Nigerians had complained concerning the scarcity of Nigerian passports and the problem they need to undergo to amass them.