1.5 million Nigerians in Italy need identification – Diaspora association

Mr George Omo-Iduhon, Administrator, Nigerians in Diaspora Association Europe (NIDOE), Italy Section, said more than 1.5 million enlisted Nigerians desperately required the Nigerian identification.

Omo-Iduhon expressed this in a meeting with the News Office of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday while pondering the exercises of NIDOE in Europe.

NAN reports that NIDOE is the European arm of a worldwide Nigerian diaspora organization, set up in year 2000 by previous President Olusegun Obasanjo.
NIDOE has its base camp in London, where it serves 21 provincial sections.

Omo-Iduhon said that out of around 3,000,000 Nigerians enlisted in Italy, 1.5 million of them required identifications, which had kept them from getting back or landing positions.

“One of the issues we are looking as Nigerians living in Italy is intense lack of Nigerian visa. Most occasions, we go to the international safe haven to resolve the issue.

“What we regularly get as reaction is the deficiency of booklets and accumulations. The public authority should assist with resolving this issue since Italy fills in as the doorway to different nations in Europe, particularly for Nigerians.

“Most Nigerians like to have their political haven in Italy. In Italy, we have a larger number of Nigerians than we have in other European nations; the enrolled Nigerians as per information base are 3,000,000 aside the undocumented ones.

“Around 1.5 million Nigerians in Italy don’t have travel papers, even a portion of those that have been acknowledged by Italian government have not been given identification which makes it hard for them to work,” he said.

The executive said that the inventory of 500 booklets of identification to the Nigerian consulate in Italy was terribly lacking to serve the quantity of the residents that required it.

“The quantity of booklets distributed to the government office in Italy, which is 500 is inconsequential to the quantity of candidates; in any event, giving Italy 20,000 booklets in a month may not go round.

“Involving similar sharing equation for every one of the nations in Europe can’t work in Italy where we have more Nigerian inhabitants. We couldn’t measure up to Sweden with less number of Nigerians inhabitants.
nd our genial Pastor for Inside Issues, Alhaji Rauf Aregbesola, to assist us with resolving this issue.

“The Executive of NIDCOM, Mrs Abike Dabiri, has gone after for us also,” he said.

Omo-Iduhon said that the body had a difference in initiative in July 2021, later a political race, adding that the new organization was ready to work on the government assistance of Nigerians.

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