The National Union of Nigerian Associations in Italy (NUNAI), an umbrella body of Nigerians resident in Italy has expressed her readiness to support and assist undocumented Nigerians in the process of obtaining their resident permit in collaboration with the Nigerian Embassy in Rome.
This was disclosed by the president of the association, Mr. Iriakanu Samson Hodge.
Italian government just passed a bill to regulate close to 600,000 undocumented immigrants in the country to participate in this year harvesting season across the country.
In the words of Samson Hodge, he said, “Thanks to the magnanimity of the Nigeria Ambassador to Italy, His Excellency, Ambassador Yusuf Jonga Hinna, who has agreed to work with NUNAI to simplify the process of obtaining certificates of Nationality (CofN) for as many Nigetians who do not have a Nigerian passport.
“And as you know, without a passport or a certificate of Nationality, it will be impossible to apply for the regularisation, hence the Embassy, with a view to help the concerned Nigerians has co-opted NUNAI to collate the names and necessary documents of concerned Nigerians through their local and provincial associations.
“In so doing, this will save a lot of Nigerians, especially those living in far places the stress and pains of travelling to Rome to obtain the document.”
He went further to appeal to local and provincial heads to kindly cooperate with NUNAI leadership to make a success of the opportunity.
Hodge said registration forms issued by the embassy have been sent to the provincial and regional associations through NUNAI to be collected, filled and collated before they are sent to Rome with the relevant documents for the issuance of the certificate of Nationality.
“All concerned Nigerians are to liaise with their local associations for further information,” he added.