Many Nigerians in the United Kingdom are still agonizing because of the race to obtain the new e-passport as the burden to renew the old ones or obtain new ones are threatening the health and social well being of many families.
Many families had traveled from far distance only to realise that there is a cut off point on the numbers that could be taken in by the Embassy everyday.
Stress, torture and various untold hardship are taking over people’s life on arrival at the Embassy as attempts are made to beat the December 31 deadline. The situation are surely going worse as summer time is arriving fast.
Many angry parents have adduced the problem to lack of good organisation while the Embassy are being urged to employ competent agencies for the processing of the preliminary stages of the passport application.
EMNnews had reported how many children’s life had been put in danger with overcrowding while there are no provision for water and other essential services for the children many of who only crawl on the Embassy main bowl.
Many children are forced to stay longer than expected in their push chairs while many who are above the age make do with standing all day. May visitors to the Embassy are actually spending more than nine hours just to be able to sort themselves out.
The rush to beat the deadline had put many people and families on health danger.
Social critic Latty Rahman who visited the Embassy last week claimed it was an eye-sore with children over stretching their parents due to hunger and tiredness as those who are lucky to gain entrances face the agony of long waiting in reception area, long stand on queues and even unnecessary duplication of duties at the Embassy.
“In fact it is a matter of luck that there had been no tragedies reported”, he lamented.
Among the daily trauma faced are hunger, inadequate finance availability due to late arrival to the Embassy which result more financial requirement, lack of recreation venue for twenties of children who had accompanied their parents and fear of staying in London overnight which had not been planned for.
Many parents had complained of threat to jobs and family security and safety had been threatened as many family are being forced to stay overnight in London because they fail to meet deadlines.
The situation had overstretched Embassy staff members who were daily being forced to put up with abuses and long stay in office. had taken over many applicant’s day to- day life attempts in the Nigerian Embassy.
Most hit in the exercise are many helpless children many of whom had traveled from over 400 -500 miles to process their application with their parents.
Many parents travel a whole day from outside London only to discover that they had come in vain as all attendants posts in the Embassy are closed by 1pm. The situation had been reported before there seem to be no improvement according to our findings. Check the first story here: