President Buhari is looking into the possibility of reducing Nigeria 119 missions abroad to a more manageable number in order to reduce cost and to re evaluate available services.
I’m hoping he’ll start from the UK.
There are many things that just don’t make any sense going on at our Nigeria High Commission, Northumberland Avenue, London.
As Omo Nigeria rere, I’ll give the president a pointer;
To obtain a Nigerian passport is a 2 day visit; one day to submit the form (the wait could be anything from one to 3 hours), after submitting the form, one still have to wait some more upstairs to take passport photography – this in 2015!
Then the second day, a week or so later is for collection whereby one has to be present and sign the passport before final issue.
The drama that actually goes on inside the embassy is iroyin ko t’afojuba (one need to visit to have full picture).
On the other hand, to obtain a British passport, most Briton have mo idea where their passport office are located because they don’t need to. One only have to out the form with required documents and send it off by mail. Within two to 3 weeks, you have your passport in hand.
Maybe this is one area this investigation should start from – what is stopping Nigeria embassy in the first world running as efficient as their counterparts in the host country – allowing passport renewal by mail?
While on this subject, why is Nigeria High Commission where Nigerians apply for passports at Northumberland Avenue like another Oshodi market and the Fleet Street where visitors apply for visas a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere?.
Talking about reducing costs of running foreign missions – now as an outsider I could not get the fact that when applying for Nigeria passport we had to pay two separate – one online payment and the other, a £20 money order to be submitted with the form. Maybe a more efficient way is to consolidate all the payment to be online.
The last time I was at the embankment post office, I leaned in to tell the gentleman where to address my money order, he was faster than I was and when I seemed shocked that he knew, he told me “used to be worse, sister” before given me earful of how bad it was years ago.
An important move I agree, hopefully the move would mean improved service quality to all Nigerians.