On Tuesday, the Singapore Chapter of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization urged the Federal Government to implement an electronic passport application process to combat the issue of false web registration.
In a phone conversation with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, the President of the NIDO-Singapore chapter, Birinengi Harry, delivered the suggestion.
He was commenting after the Nigerian Consulate in New York raised a red flag about a fraudulent website claiming to be able to register and renew passports.
“Internet fraud remains a huge problem globally as we migrate to a digital economy,” Harry said. “Thankfully, the issue of fake websites for passport registration and renewal has been resolved.”
Here in Singapore, it has not surfaced.
“This could be partly owing to the Nigerian High Commission’s lack of immigration services, forcing Nigerians to fly to neighboring nations like Malaysia and Indonesia for passport services.
The Nigerian mission in Singapore has gladly partnered with their Malaysian colleagues in recent years to deliver passport renewal services to Singapore.
“Because government services around the world have become more digital, it will be greatly appreciated if this ad hoc arrangement is made quarterly.”
He recognized e-governance as a potential benefit of electronic passport applications, including accessibility, process simplification, and transparency, which could far outweigh the application hazards.
He urged the government and Nigerian diplomatic missions, on the other hand, to move faster into the digital arena in order to meet targets.
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