Nigerians in Italy have complained to Godfrey Onyema, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior, that their inability to renew their international passports was jeopardizing their livelihood.

As a result, they requested that the Federal Government provide the Nigerian mission in Italy with international passport booklets on a regular basis so that citizens could renew their passports.

The appeal was made by the National Union of Nigerian Associations in Italy (NUNAI) in an open letter signed by its President, Rowland Ndukuba, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

NUNAI, speaking on behalf of Nigerians in Italy, also stated that the host authority had fired a large number of Nigerians for failing to produce valid international passports.
According to the association, the International passport was the only document recognized by host countries that could be used to process any type of visa.

“NUNAI wishes to make a strong appeal to the Ministers of Interior and Foreign Affairs, as well as the Controller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, to save the lives of thousands of Nigerians living in Italy.”

“This appeal has become necessary because many Nigerians are being denied employment because they are unable to present a valid passport to renew their working contract and residency to remain in Italy.”

“The Embassy in Rome is doing everything possible to clear the seven-month backlog on the ground, as those who were scanned in the middle of May to date have yet to receive their passport printing.”

“The Nigeria Embassy in Rome captures no fewer than 3,000 Nigerians per month for passports, and the mission receives passport booklets in quantities of 1500, 1000, and even 500 on an irregular monthly basis.”

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“However, the situation would have been manageable if the supply had been even monthly,” NUNAI stated.

The Association, on the other hand, expressed gratitude to the Nigerian government, Ministers, the Nigeria Immigration Service, and the Nigerian Ambassador to Italy for their assistance.

“Finally, this appeal would be incomplete if we did not thank the two Ministers and the Controller-General of Nigeria Immigration for their assistance in the past by responding to our calls. “We believe this time will be no different.”

“We thank Amb. Omini Abam, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Italy, and the Super 3 team of the Nigeria Immigration led by Hajiya Larai Mohammed for working tirelessly to meet the demands of Nigerians on passports.

“However, the lack of booklets to produce those captured already is one of the reasons we are making this appeal. “On behalf of all Nigerians in Italy, the Union will be very grateful if our urgent appeal is granted.”

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