- The federal government has advised citizens against patronising fraudulent officials when processing their documents
- Rauf Aregbesola, the minister of interior, on Monday, December 20, who made this known also disclosed the new features of the e-passport
- The minister also tasked officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service and others to be on high alert for miscreants who want to test the will of the Buhari-led government
Ibadan, Oyo state- On Monday, December 20, the federal government disclosed that it has digitalised payments for Nigerian Passports.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made this disclosure during the rollout of the Enhanced e-Passport with Polycarbonate Data Page and other security features in Ibadan, Oyo state on Monday.
Aregbesloa also advises citizens to avoid patronising touts and unscrupulous officials when applying for the documents, The Punch reports.
The minister stated:
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“Part of the reforms is the migration of passport application and payments to digital platforms. But we regret to observe that applicants still patronise touts and unscrupulous officials in the hope to beat the system and get expedited services. When they were disappointed, they come to report to us. Of course, we have zero tolerance for corruption and subversion of due process. We, therefore, take seriously any such report and invoke the necessary disciplinary measures."
The new application process
Speaking on the new application process, Aregbesola hinted that a new timeline has been set for fresh passport application and reissue, The Nigerian Tribune added.
On the new enhanced passport being rolled out in Ibadan, the minister noted that the passport is an improved document with high-security features.
“The Enhanced e-Passport is a great improvement on the Biometric Passport technology which Nigeria adopted in 2007 as a deliberate step towards curbing forgery, impersonation and other forms of travel document fraud associated with the old Machine-Readable Passport regime."
Nigerian man in the US shares reasons American embassy denies people student visas
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that a Nigerian man who is currently residing in the United States has made some revelations as to why most of his fellow countrymen seeking academic opportunities in the states are not granted students visa.
In a series of tweets he made with his Twitter handle @MisterNigerD, he said the key to scaling through the visa application hurdle is not giving the consular at the embassy any reason to believe that you will be staying back in the US after your studies.
@MisterNigerD stated that another huge pitfall to avoid is to say that you would be getting a job when your school is on holiday in the state. This, according to him, will get your visa application denied.
List of 70 countries UAE approves for visa-on-arrival
Legit.ng notes that the list of the eligible countries for the visa-on-arrival policy is available on the official website of Etihad Airlines.
A statement on the airline's website stated that anyone from the listed countries does not need to apply for a visa before travelling to the UAE. Nigeria, Africa's most populous country and the continent's biggest economy, is absent on the list.