Tuesday 26th September, 2017
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Recession: Nigerians throng Immigration office for international passports

Recession: Nigerians throng Immigration office for international passports

Many Nigerians seeking to es­cape from the economic hardship in the country are trooping to the Nigeria Immigration Services (NIS) office in Enugu to obtain or renew their international pass­ports.
A News Agency of Ni­geria (NAN) correspon­dent, who monitored the development at the NIS Passport Office at the Federal Secretariat, Enugu on Wednesday, observed that youths be­tween 19 and 32 years were the majority among the more than 100 people anticipating to obtain or renew their pass-ports.
It was gathered that most of the applicants are students and young businessmen, who want to seek admission or re­locate their businesses to other countries, mostly within the African conti­nent.
A fresh passport appli­cant, Mr Kelechi Ngwu, said that he was making efforts to relocate his tyre busi-ness from Enugu to Cotonou, the capital of Benin Republic.
“Apart from the re­cession that I have been managing, the business environment here is un­friendly especially on issues of double taxa­tion and restrictions on import of tokunbo tyre”, Ngwu said.
Another fresh passport applicant, Mr Charles Okeke, said that he was making a fresh passport for him and his wife to relocate and start life in South Africa.
“Day to day, things continue to get hard while the standard of liv­ing continues to drop due to age-long mismanage­ment of the economy.
“I have discussed with my wife, who agreed that we must leave now that we are relatively finan­cially buoyant before it will be difficult for us to make it out of the coun­try”, Okeke said.
Miss Ifeoma Abraham, a student, said that she was seeking a passport to study in Ghana.
“As you can see, I am no more younger; so I am seeking admission to a Ghanaian university where there would be no issue of strike, which elongates students’ stay in schools’’, Abraham said.
A teenager, Chike Kalu (18), said that his parents want him to seek admis­sion, study and work in South Africa after his education.
“I have been here on Tuesday with my dad but I could not do my bio-metric capturing, so I had to re-turn today again.
“My parents want me to study in South Africa and work there. They said there are more pros­pects for my Fine Arts talent in South Africa’’, Kalu said.
The renewal or obtain­ing of international pass­port, popularly known as ECOWAS Passport, still costs N20,000

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