By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The management of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has assured that it will continue to practice Citizens Diplomacy with the new Visa Regime whereby reciprocity and fair treatment of Nigerians will attract same.
Similarly, it emphasised that the fundamental rights of every traveler to Nigeria will be accorded high esteem.
The national public relations officer of the Service James Sunday, a Deputy Comptroller, who made the submission in a write up on citizens’ integrity and national passport, posited that evaluation of Nigerian passport as a travel document and Citizens integrity determines how many countries will allow a Nigerian Citizen entry into their country under which condition and for how long.
He stated, ” Nigeria Immigration Service will continue to practice Citizens Diplomacy with the new Visa regime whereby reciprocity and fair treatment of our citizens will attract same, while the Fundamental Rights of every traveler to Nigeria is given high esteem.
The quality of a national passport is not only in good finishing and look, but what determines its acceptance to the global communities is more on the integrity of the citizens that rubs on the integrity of the passport they are holding.
Acceptance evaluation of Nigerian passport as a travel document and Citizens integrity determines how many countries will allow a Nigerian Citizen entry into their country under which condition and for how long.
With the Nigeria Immigration Service uploading of 150,000 Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD ) to the database of the International Police Global System IPSG and the rating of Nigeria as the 1st Country in Africa and 54th in the world to automate its uploading system and to have uploaded such quantity, is an indication that the Nigeria Immigration Service is not resting on its oars and the i-24/7 centre of the service is working around the clock 24/7 accessing diffusions from the INTERPOL General Assembly to analyse, interrogate and interpret for domestic consumption and International actions to be taken.
The result of such analysis, Interrogation and interpretation is the upload of the 150,000 Stolen and Lost Travel Documents which by implication puts Nigeria on an ascension on global podium of integrity, secured economy, and safe for investment, an indication that the Nigeria Immigration Service system is working to detect, identify and classify the various passports that were invalidated, Stolen, lost, fake and tampered with uploading them for the 194 Interpol member countries to act accordingly in line of the diffusion request, Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy is rising to the challenge through Citizens integrity which prompted the NIS to ensure that every Nigerian travelling out of the country travels with his or her passport.
The fight against identity theft was part of the reason for the change from the Colonial passport, Hand written, Machine Readable passport (MRP), to the E-Passport, and now the enhanced e-passport with over 25 security features among other factors to guarantee the safety of the holder and the document in line with ICAO standard and international best practices.
Nigeria,Africa’s largest economy ascension as the world’s 30 largest economy would be further substantiated by the Citizens and passport integrity drive embarked upon deliberately by the NIS through automation of service machineries among which is the automation of the i-24 /7 platform for interpol SLTD that made Nigeria the 1st in Africa and 54th in the world to have automated, businesses will strive when there is trust repose by investors on the citizens and the environment is friendly without fraudulent documentation especially the passport which is a symbol of our true identity should open the gate of every other country to Nigerians traveling with the right attitude and consciousness of Citizens integrity which is personal as our lifestyle is first individualistic before it becomes a national issue.
The following economic analysis will help our understanding of the importance of Citizens and passport integrity to the economic growth and development of Africa’s largest economy, a country with Gross Domestic Products by IMF valuation in 2019 rating as the 27th in the world with a sum of $446Billion,Nigeria’s economy is said to be larger than that of Argentina- $445 Billion,Norway – $418Billion,United Arab Emirates – $406Billion,Israel-$388 Billion, Ireland-$385 Billion
Before the declaration of Covid-19 as pandemic by the World Health Organization WHO, in March 2020 Dangote Cement 2020 valuation of $9.6Billion was equal the value of Emaar properties-owners of the BurjKhalifa, Dangote Cement was adjudged larger than the largest Mexican Cement Company – Cemex with $5.6Billion,Japanese Taiheiyo Cement – $3.3Billion,Taiwan Cement-$7.8Billion and Semen Indonesia’s – $4.9Billion.
Global télécommunications sector rating puts MTN Nigeria’s value of – $7.7Billion higher than the biggest telecommunications company in Turkey-Turkcell’s-$5.1Billion, Greece and Romania’s Hellenic Télécom – $6.9Billion,Qatari’s Ooredoo Télécoms-$5.8Billion and the Philippines Globe Télécoms-$4.9Billion. Even with the impact of corona virus pandemic on global businesses, MTN Nigeria is valued with a capitalization of – $6.7Billion while its parent company in South Africa MTN Group of South Africa only valued $5.8Billion.
Global banking categorisation puts Nigerian owned Zenith Bank valuatiom at $2.2Billion almost three times the value of Banc of California – $865Million,Canadian Laurentian Bank-$1.3Billion,Lebanon Largest Bank-Bank Audi-$556Million,the companies used for these economic analysis continued to position Nigeria on the global map, Nigeria Immigration Service rethinking digital Comptroller General Muhammad Babandede MFR is also using Citizens- passport integrity to launder Nigeria’s image and acceptability globally with the rise of deglobalisation engulfing the west, there is no other destination for investments and global collaborations but Africa – with Nigeria as the most preferred destination for investments, considering the need for scale and population size of 200 million people, the Nigeria Visa Policy 2020 will be the driver for investment with its 79 categories of visas with Tourism, Hospitality, Medicare, Religious Tourism, Family re-union for Nigerians in Diaspora etc bringing volumes of capital into the economic space of the country.
Nigeria Immigration Service will continue to practice Citizens Diplomacy with the new Visa regime whereby reciprocity and fair treatment of our citizens will attract same, while the Fundamental Rights of every traveler to Nigeria is given high esteem”.