The House of Representatives has appealed to the Israeli authorities through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to stay action on the deportation of Nigerian citizens pending the issuance of passports to them.
The House further urged the Ministry of Interior to mandate the Nigerian Immigration Service to open an office in Israel where passports can be issued.
The resolve by the House emanated from a motion entitled “call for issuance of international passports to Nigerians living in Israel to enable renewal of their visas” sponsored by Hon. Golu Simon and 3 others during Thursday’s plenary session.
Raising the motion, Hon. Simon worried that the Nigerian Immigration Service and Ministry of Foreign Affairs have not visited Israel for about 2 years to provide international passports to Nigerian citizens as it has been done previously.
The House which adopted the motion after it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara also mandated its committees on Foreign Affairs and Interior to liaise with the Nigerian Immigration to ascertain the situation and proffer a solution to it.
The Speaker in his ruling, referred the motion to the House committees on Foreign Affairs and Legislative Compliance for further input