By Fortune Abang, Abuja.
Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has advised Nigerians in Equatorial Guinea to renew their residence permits, if possible, to avoid sanctions by their host country.
The advice is conveyed via a statement by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head, Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit of NiDCOM.
According to him, the call is against the backdrop of notification by Equatorial Guinea, advising undocumented foreigners to voluntarily leave the country or face sanctions.
Balogun said: “The attention of the management of NiDCOM has been drawn to a letter from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on the above-mentioned subject matter.
“A report by the Government of Equatorial Guinea on Oct. 17 was issued, advising undocumented foreigners in their country to leave voluntarily or face government sanctions.
”According to the report, this is aimed at curbing elements of sabotage and creating stability in the country of Equatorial Guinea.
“The letter also stated that obtaining a one or two-year residence permit by foreigners goes for between 410 U.S. dollar and 620 U.S. dollar.
“As the commission is committed to the welfare of citizens, we advise Nigerians in Equatorial Guinea to renew their permits, if possible, or apply to return to Nigeria, if undocumented, to avoid sanctions by Equatorial Guinea.”