FG URGES NIGERIANS ABROAD TO RESPECT HOST COUNTRIES

In a bid to maintain the goodwill and integrity of Nigeria at international level, the Federal Government has called on Nigerians in diaspora to respect the laws of their host countries as well as shunning all forms of criminality, saying good conducts and friendly relations are virtues that must be upheld at all times.

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola gave this charge while flagging-off e-passport and biometric visa issuance by Nigeria Immigration Service in Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea, over the weekend.

"I call on Nigerians resident in Japan and other countries in the world to respect the laws of their host countries. Self-respect, particularly in foreign lands, is the foundation of wisdom and success. As our Ambassador at large in those countries, you must exhibit at all times, good conduct, character nobility and dignity," he said.

He added that the Japan and South Korea events brought to 44 foreign missions, 43 local  and four front offices where Nigeria Immigration Service issues passports to the citizens of Nigeria, in line  the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to the welfare of Nigerians and ease of doing business.

Aregbesola stressed further that the roll-out of e-passport and biometric visa at the Nigerian Embassies in  Japan and South Korea was in response to several requests from both the Nigerian community and the Embassies on the need to open passport issuance centres there due to the distance Nigerians have to cover in order to have their passports re-issued.

"The Biometric visa is an improved security on the current vignette visa we issue.This new biometric visa will assist our national security and also help in combatting transnational organized crime," the Minister stressed.

Ogbeni Aregbesola assured that launching of the e-passport and biometric visa issuance would end the activities of criminals and their affiliates, using the nation's system to perpetrate crimes and criminality anywhere in the world.

"We are adopting technology to secure our land and join the global efforts at preventing human trafficking and illegitimate activities, this is the reason the new visa and passport regime is  linked with Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) which is connected with the INTERPOL data," he reiterated.

 "I urge every Nigerian who renounces his or her Nigerian citizenship not to apply for the e-passport at this centre or anywhere. I will like to assure those Nigerian-Japanese who have accepted Japanese citizenship that a new visa regime that will grant them multiple entry into Nigeria up to the validity of their Japanese passports will commence soon," Aregbesola emphasized.

Speaking earlier, the Comptroller General of Immigration, Mohammad Babandede, gave the commitment of the Nigeria Immigration Service to start attending to passport and visa applications in Japan and South Korea immediately.

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