Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has commended the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Isah Jere Idris on his directive for the Service to set up Diaspora Desks in all the nation’s international airports in order to have a seemless passport process for all Nigerians coming back home.
In a statement by the Commission’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said the directive will go a long way to ease the stress for Nigerians in the Diaspora coming back home for the yuletide period.
Dabiri-Erewa said a Diaspora Desks will soon be created at both Lagos and Abuja Airports to serve the immediate needs of Nigerians from the diaspora coming back into the country.
She reiterated the willingness of the Commission to collaborate with any government agencies working for the convenience of Nigerians living abroad.
It will be recalled that the Comptroller-General of Immigration Service (CGIS) Isah Jere Idris, had on Monday directed the immediate setting up of diaspora desks in all International airports in order to have a seamless passport process for all Nigerians coming home this yuletide period and may be desirous of processing their passports.
Sequel to this, the CGIS had directed passport offices across the country to give priority attention to such citizens living outside the country and their families bearing in mind that most of them have a specific time of returning to their countries of residence.
Earlier on Dec. 9, the CGIS in a memo also informed all relevant authorities that Federal Government has approved that Nigerians returning home can be admitted into the country with their expired Nigerian passports.
Consequently, he implored all airlines to allow holders of expired Nigerian passports into the country with their expired passports.
“The CGIS affirmed the commitment of the Service to continue rendering effective and efficient service delivery to all Nigerians both at home and abroad, as well as non-Nigerians who are desirous of using any of the service windows,” .
This fast-track passport process for this yuletide season commenced a few weeks ago with the opening of passport offices on Saturday.
The NIS said the process would continue until 31st January 2023.