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Senator Ekwunife Moves Motion on Urgent Need To Address The Delayed Issuance And Renewal of Nigerian International Passport by Immigration Services, Worldwide

THE Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Uche Ekwunife, PhD, today, Tuesday, May 2, 2023, rose on the floor of the senate to draw the attention of the senate on the urgent need to address the delayed issuance and renewal of Nigerian International passport by Nigerian Services and worldwide.

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Ekwunife stated that the hitches and procrastination in the processes have brought untold hardships for the teeming Nigerians who either want to travel out of the country or return to the country.

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The federal lawmaker in the motion under the Rules 41 and 51 of The Senate Standing Orders observed that despite the six weeks timeline of processing a passport given by the federal government barely a year ago, that thousands of Nigerians are still facing long waits. She bemoaned that new applicants and those who wish to renew their passports spend between 3 and 6 months processing their applications at the offices of the Nigerian Immigration Services and Nigerian Embassies outside the country.

The Chairman Senate Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation prayed that the Nigerian passport is an official identity document that affirms the bearer’s citizenship and being issued to Nigerians primarily for the purpose of traveling out of Nigeria and returning to Nigeria in the exercise of their rights to personal liberty and freedom of movement.

“It has also become extremely difficult for passports to be processed across the entire Nigerian Immigration offices in different states, especially Lagos, Port Harcourt, and Abuja, thereby forcing the applicants to travel to different locations just to get their passports renewed. Our international students are equally finding it difficult to renew their passports to enable them to travel back home to unite with their families”, the A-grade lawmaker stated.

The motion was unanimously adopted by all Senators and referred to the Senate Committee on Interior to urgently investigate the circumstances that led to the delays in the issuance and renewal of the Nigerian passports by the Nigerian Immigration Services and report back to the Senate within two weeks.

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