Nigerian mission in South Africa tackle passports challenges of Nationals
Nigerians in South Africa with challenges over acquisition of travel documents are not heaving a sigh of relief as the Mission in South Africa stepped effort in solving the problem.
Mr Godwin Adama, Nigeria’s Consul General in South Africa said the mission was already tackling passport challenges being faced by Nigerians in that country.
According to him, the mission has made this a priority to ensure that Nigerians with such challenges do face tough times in securing the document.
He said that the initial challenges of inadequate and obsolete data capturing machines were solved following intervention from the Minister of Interior.
Adama said that on assumption of duty, four months ago, he met a backlog of unprocessed passports because the machines were down.
“When the ministers of Foreign Affairs and Interior visited South Africa in March, the issue was tabled before them. The interior minister promised to do something on getting home,’’ he said.
Adama said some of the machines were repaired and others replaced and new passport booklets sent to the mission.
“As we speak, the mission has cleared most of the backlog. We worked extra hard to achieve this, even though, we have other challenges; but these are problems that we are able to handle,” he said.
The Consul-General said that officials of the mission travelled to Cape Town in Western Cape Province to carryout data capturing of more than 100 Nigerians.
He said that the mission sent some the passports to Nigerians in the Province.
“I have made arrangements to deliver the remaining passports to Nigerians in the area,” he said.
Adama also said that the Consulate also handled the passport needs of Nigerians in some countries within the Southern African region.
“About three weeks ago, officials of the Mission were in Swaziland to carry out data capturing of Nigerians resident in that country. ##