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Nigerians In South Africa Reject N54k Demanded For Passport Replacement


(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Nigerian Union in South Africa (NUSA) has called on the consulate in Johannesburg to scrap the R2000 (about N54,000) which was  imposed for the replacement of lost passports.

This was disclosed in an open letter to the Consul General, Abdulmalik Ahmed, and the union also enjoined that the collection of R120 (about N4,000) for capturing be stopped.

Collins Mgbo, Head of NUSA Secretariat, disclosed that the additional fees were inflicting pains on those whose passports were stolen, lost, damaged, or misplaced.

According to Mgbo, there is no justification for the “premeditated hardship” on people trying to deal with the global economic meltdown.

NUSA disclosed that the policies negate the diplomatic mission’s mandate to care for the interest of Nigerians.

“The avoidable delay makes corruption inevitable as applicants would be desperate to get their travelling documents on time in order to apply for or renew their immigration documents.

“It is imperative to add that if these demands are not met, we shall be left with no options than to embark on necessary action both at the consulate in Johannesburg and in Nigeria”, NUSA said.

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