- The Nigerian mission in the United Kingdom has so far processed over 24,000 passports in the last three months
- The renewed vigour in the mission is a result of a new Nigeria High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Sarafa Ishola
- Ishola, a former Nigerian minister of mines and steel development was appointed by President Buhari in January 2021
London - Nigeria High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Sarafa Ishola, has announced that the mission has processed over 24,000 passports in the last three months.
Ishola stated this when he received Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) who paid him a courtesy call at the Mission House in London.
Passport applications fast-tracked
According to him, the mission had cleared a backlog of 17,000 applications since he assumed office.
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The Nigerian Tribune newspaper quoted him as saying:
“The mission now posts passports to applicants rather than the previous process of coming back to collect their passports.”
The High Commissioner also expressed a desire for diaspora remittances to be channelled to sustainable sectors of the economy.
He assured that he will focus on strengthening bilateral relations between Nigeria and the UK during his tenure.
He stressed that the mission had continuous engagements with various diaspora groups in the UK and advised them to work in unity and as one entity.
On her part, Dabiri-Erewa commended Ishola and the staff of the High Commission, saying the clearing of passports backlogs in the UK was a welcome development,
She encouraged the new envoy not to rest on his oars, even as she advised Nigerians to apply for renewal of their passports six months before the expiry date.
FG warns against saboteurs among diasporans
Recall that the federal government recently accused some Nigerians in the diaspora of spewing fake narratives against the Buhari administration.
The accusation was made by the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Tuesday, July 27.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the minister's chief press secretary, Joe Mutah, noted that Mohammed made the statement while receiving a delegation from the Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation, UK chapter.
Recall that on Saturday, July 24, Alhaji Mohammed said some people in the country are trying to tear the country apart for selfish reasons.
According to the minister, certain elements are attempting to exacerbate ethnic and religious differences in Nigeria.
He made the comment at a book presentation, adding that the challenges facing the country are neither ethnicity nor religion.