The Consulate General of Nigeria, Johannesburg, says it has been drawn to comments and inquiries by Nigerians on the newly introduced certified colour copies of Nigerian passports for purposes of identification.
The Mission says in a statement that for the avoidance of doubt the initiative is aimed at assisting Nigerians to safeguard their passports because they will no longer be required to be carried.
The Mission further states that contrary to insinuations by some community members, the issuance of certified copies is not driven by financial gains but is designed to protect against theft or loss. This as the Mission has historically recorded a high incidence of lost passports among Nigerians.
‘The Mission’s engagement with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and the introduction of certified copies are part of efforts to effectively and permanently address this issue.
It is instructive to remind that Nigerians who refuse or reject this service would have lost reasons to complain of lost passports due to mugging, theft, etc. forthwith.”
The Mission says it will offer the issuance of certified passport copies during passport intervention/mobile enrolment of Nigerians in various provinces.
It is important to note that each certified copy of a passport will cost R100, which according to the Mission is lower than its Mission Administrative Charge for consular letters/attestations.
The Mission concludes that Nigerians are encouraged to take advantage of the service to avoid various challenges linked to lost passports.