We need answers, well I know I do…
Why must we all go to Abuja to effect a name change on a passport after marriage? There is a passport office in Lagos, they can renew Nigerian passports in Lagos, why can they not process a simple name change in Lagos?
When you get there to the said Abuja Central HQ, they begin to ask for numerous documents- marriage certificate, court change of name, letter applying to change name, consent letter from your husband to use his name…etc.
I try my best not to compare Nigeria and anywhere else, but there is no way you can’t say Nigeria’s sillyness is not ridiculous and grossly inefficient. In the day and age of information technology- i should not have to fly to another state to get a name change when i already have a passport. In the day of advancement i should not have to get a letter from my husband to change my name.
In addition, these lazy people changed the number of pages from 32 to 64 pages, however the Nigerian passport is valid for only 5 years. Why waste our time to renew passports every five years? I had to fly to Abuja to do a name change – and i paid out of my butt to get a damn passport. Put simply all I spent could get me a holiday in Ghana for the weekend if not more.
Before you say I have started- i changed my Foreign passport – name change and all they requested was the original of my marriage certificate and the form to be filled out. I also took in my current passport at the time. The whole process took about 1hour 30 minutes in terms of waiting..i got my 10 year passport name change approved and was asked to come back in two weeks for pickup.
So it’s far easier to get a foreign passport re-issued in Nigeria than it is to get a Nigerian one re-issued. The Nigerian one also cost three times that of the Foreign one.
Or should we ask America and developed Europe to come and show us how to issue passports same way we asked them to help us locate Boko Haram?
Nigeria which way forward? When will we stop frustraing ourselves?
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