It is one thing being an illegal migrant in a foreign country, it is another for illegal migrants to resort to blackmails on their home country’s image through media tactics.
Recently, some illegal migrants in the United Arab Emirates risked facing deportation from the country, with information on social media and blogs painted to give Nigeria and the NDC (Nigerians in Diaspora Commission) a bad image with stories of abandonment.
This led to the chairperson of the NDC, Abike Dabiri Erewa to criticize such attempts by Nigerians who ventured into the UAE and got themselves stranded.
In a statement through the Head of Media, PR and Protocols of the NDC, Abdul-Rahaman Balogun, the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission warned Nigerians who travelled illegally into countries of their choosing particularly the United Arab Emirates, to not worsen matters with cheap blackmail.
This was sadly in response to blog-posts that alleged the commission abandoning 300 Nigerians facing evacuation efforts within the country.
“300 Nigerians abandoned in Dubai as NIDCOM, NAPTIP, Foreign Affairs relax evacuation effort”, was the popular headline of the story. Dabiri Erewa addressed how some Nigerians shunned government warnings requesting they desist from illegal migrations to foreign nations.
And even then, many of those affected have refused to cooperate with the laid down procedures established by the government. The migrants according to Dabiri-Erewa, rather than comply with the directives of the Nigerian consulate in Dubai, resorted to media blackmail of the Nigerian government and those of the UAE.
This comes after it was revealed that over 100 Nigerians had served time in jail for numerous allegations of crimes ranging from drugs to credit card frauds, robberies and the likes.
Thus, the NDC chairman through her statement, denied the abandonment story written of Nigerians held in Dubai, terming the stories misleading and untrue to facts.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian Mission have been working assiduously with the UAE authorities to assist over 300 Nigerians stranded in the country for various reasons,” her statement said.
Dabiri Erewa detailing the illegal migrants offences, she notes the issues being faced as those ranging from overstay in the country, loss of passports and lack of documentation.
The chairperson of the NDC then went on to request a compliance with the laid down rules and regulations as expressed by the UAE and Nigerian Consulate in Dubai for quick resolutions.
Renewing a Nigerian Passport from Canada
“According to the 2019 statistics, Nigeria is the fourth-largest source of immigrants to Canada, with 12,595 people from that country getting permanent residency there, up nearly 2,000 from the previous year.”
So you are wondering how to go about renewing your Nigerian passport while in Canada?
Nigerians are constantly looking for immigration chances in Canada in pursuit of greener pastures. According to the 2019 statistics, Nigeria is the fourth-largest source of immigrants to Canada, with 12,595 people from that country getting permanent residency there, up nearly 2,000 from the previous year.
Here is a list of easy and practical ways you can renew your Nigerian passport from Canada if you’re one of the numerous Nigerian passport holders in Canada whose passport is about to expire. This way, you can avoid breaking any laws. The processes listed by the Nigeria High Commission in Ottawa provide the basis for these actions.
First things first, the individual can send a mail into the email account of email@example.com
Given that, typically, if you reserve an appointment online, all the dates are already occupied, your best bet is to write them a message with your preferred arrival date and some justification.
Visit the link https://nigeriahcottawa.ca/
This link takes you to the website, here you click on Citizen Service and apply for an e passport renewal option. There you will be able to pay the application fee via a direct access link
The passport will not be given to you immediately, there is a 6 weeks waiting time considering the Nigerian government has no entry for booklet.
As a step by step procedure, it goes like this generally;
Fill out necessary online forms
Visit the website for the Nigerian Immigration Services to renew your passport. Pick the appropriate passport type from the drop-down menu. Pick Canada from the processing nation drop-down menu. Note the anti-fraud safeguards that are in place when paying the processing fee with a credit card. Then select Start Application. Next, decide between a Google, OpenID, or Yahoo email address.
Completely and accurately fill out the application form. Make sure, for instance, that the name you give on the application form matches the name on your previous passport.
The number of pages in your passport booklet can be 32 or 64. Keep in mind that a Nigerian passport is only good for five years.
The information to be presented will be important and general information such as;
Permanent Address in Nigeria, Contact Information, Personal Features, Kin Address
Passport Processing Country, State and Office
If you are renewing your family’s Nigerian passport from Canada, keep in mind that each member needs to be given an appointment. You won’t be seen as a single person.
Select your preferred payment method
It costs 50 CAD to renew a Nigerian passport from Canada. Keep in mind that some credit card companies will not accept credit card payments for online passport applications if the transaction involves Nigeria. You can prevent this inconvenience by notifying the company that issued your credit card before using it to pay for your online passport renewal application.
Use your own credit card while making purchases with a credit card. Before moving on to the following stage, give the payment 20 minutes to register.
When paying for your renewal application, you also have the choice of using the “money order” payment option. If you select this option, mail the money order as directed on the screen. You’ll receive a confirmation email after it’s been sent.
Print and sign the application form
Once you’ve completed the online form’s information requirements, submit and sign the document. When you visit the passport office for additional processing, bring two (2) passport-size photos with you. Make a note of your Reference Number and Application ID.
For the finest printing results, it is also advised to use a 0.5 inch (12.7mm) margin on all edges of the page. You will have to fill out a new application if you don’t print this one.
Before you proceed with payment, double-check that all of the information is accurate since once payment has been started, it is impossible to make changes to the form.
Wait for Payment Confirmation Email
Visit the welcome page of The Nigeria Immigration Service portal as soon as you receive the confirmation email. Select E-Passport from the application menu’s Query Your Application Payment Status option. Type in your Reference Number and Application ID. Choose the Record Search button. You will arrive on the page that confirms your online application.
To print the Payment Receipt and the Application Confirmation, navigate to the page and scroll to the bottom of the page. Include these printed forms in your passport that has expired.
Schedule an appointment
To make an appointment with the Nigerian High Commission in Ottawa, click here. On the website’s calendar booking system, select a date. Please keep in mind that your appointment time slot should only be used as a reference.
The Chancery cannot promise that you will receive assistance at the precise moment you requested. However, you may be sure that you will be welcomed if you come between 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM.
You might not be able to reserve the date of your choosing using the calendar booking system due to the high number of people who need to renew their passports. If this occurs, you can keep checking the website until you discover a cancellation that opens up a spot on an earlier date.
On the other side, if you cannot go to your scheduled appointment date, you may cancel your appointment so that the space may be allocated to another candidate who may require it.
Show up on the day of your appointment.
On the day of your appointment, you should report to the following address:
The address of the Nigerian High Commission in Ottawa is 295 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, Canada, K2P 1R9.
Bring your expired Nigerian passport, the printed needed documents, and express Canada Post envelopes to your appointment.
The processing of your renewal may take up to 72 hours once your biometric information has been collected. The process of renewing a passport occasionally takes up to a month. When you can pick up your new passport at the Chancery, you’ll be informed via text or email.
Requirements Needed When Renewing Your Nigerian Passport in Canada:
Printed Passport Application Form, Printed Payment Slip, Printed Acknowledgement Slip
Original Expired Nigerian E-Passport, Photocopy of Bio data page of the E-Passport
Two (2) current passport-size pictures with white background.
Ethiopia to halt Visa applications for Nigerians
“Ethiopia has revealed its intentions to stop visa on arrival for Nigerian travelers coming into the country, unless they possess the Yellow Fever Card.”
Ethiopia has revealed its intentions to stop visa on arrival for Nigerian travelers coming into the country, unless they possess the Yellow Fever Card.
Ethiopian Airlines has altered its visa requirements for Nigeria and some other African nations just two months after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) did the same.
Ethiopian Airlines informed its travel partners in Nigeria through email that it no longer issues visas upon arrival to any Nigerian nationals. Travel partners were instructed to notify their clients of the change in policy in the email sent on their behalf and signed by management in Addis-Abeba.
In contrast to the past, when visitors were granted a visa upon arrival, the airline stated that going forward, customers must secure their visa at Ethiopian embassy in Abuja before departing for the East African nation.
“Please be informed that effective immediately, no more visas on arrival for Nigerian citizens,” the email said in part.
The airline remained mum regarding the reasons for removing country residents from its visa-on-arrival program, but a source close to the Ethiopian embassy in Abuja suggested that this may not be unrelated to some bad behavior that some country residents have been displaying frequently in recent months outside of the country.
Additionally, Ethiopia made it mandatory for residents of 42 other nations, most of which are African nations, including Nigeria, to show their yellow fever vaccination cards at any of its borders.
Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mauritania, and Niger are a some of the other nations that have been expelled alongside Nigeria.
Others include French Guiana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo, South Sudan, Uganda, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo, and Venezuela.
Elon Musk makes it Official: Twitter Deal’s On
“According to a source, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, is willing to move forward with the deal. Following Musk’s announcement that he was leaving the $44 billion Twitter acquisition, there is currently a legal dispute over the purchase.”
Elon Musk is reportedly planning to buy Twitter at its initial share price of $54.20. According to a source, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, is willing to move forward with the deal. Following Musk’s announcement that he was leaving the $44 billion Twitter acquisition, there is currently a legal dispute over the purchase.
Musk made the most recent suggestion in a letter to Twitter, according to a report by Bloomberg that cited people with knowledge of the situation.
Twitter shares rose 16% to a price of roughly $49 per share after Musk’s announcement that he intended to carry out the agreement was public.
As a result, Twitter has stopped trading in its stock. The price was about $51 when Musk first made his acquisition bid in April before falling to approximately $36 in July, when he declared he would cancel the agreement.
Musk had been attempting for months to break his April agreement to purchase Twitter. After a short while, he started to exhibit symptoms of buyer’s remorse, claiming that Twitter had misled him over the size of its user base and the prevalence of automated accounts known as bots.
Analysts believe Elon Musk has no chance of winning the case against Twitter, which is scheduled for a court hearing later this month, as he has not been able to present sufficient proof to support his assertion that the Twitter account in question was a bot.
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