Nigerians in Diaspora (NIDO) Americas has tasked the Federal Government on the need to streamline passport application process, in order to tackle the issue of fake web registration.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of NIDO-Americas, Obed Monago, in an exclusive interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday.
Speaking on the heels of the red flag being raised by the Nigerian Consulate in New York warning against a fake website on registration and renewal of passports, he said, “It is really unfortunate about what is happening with obtaining Nigerian passport or renewing it.
“It does appear that some individuals in the Diaspora are capitalizing on the past disconnected and unconnected activities at some of our missions abroad to swindle others.
“The New York consulate just put out a public notice about an illegal website, setup by some mischief makers to swindle others. Government and the diplomatic missions abroad should work hard to streamline their activities, so that when one applies for a passport, one gets it and as when due.
“This way, there will be no room for such illegal practices to prosper. We seriously need to simplify the process and bring it at par with other countries.”
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The Nigerian Diplomatic missions in the United States earlier warned Nigerians about a fake website being used by scammers for passport registration. They added the fake website is being used to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians, directing them to make payments that are not authorized by the FG.
Nairametrics reported in June 2021, that the FG announced the reopening of the passport application and payment portal where all applicants are expected to visit to apply and upload their support documents for vetting and processing.
What you should know about NIDO
NIDO is a legal name that is exclusive to Nigerians in Diaspora organisations in Europe, Americas, Asia, Oceania and Africa.
The organisation is designed to harness and galvanise professionals and financial resources of Nigerians to promote the socio-economic development of the country.