Port Harcourt - The Nigeria Union in
South Africa on Wednesday described as false the allegation of corruption
levelled against it and the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg.
The President of the Union, Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, said in a
statement sent to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from Pretoria, South Africa,
that the allegation by an online publication was untrue.
NAN reports that an online medium had accused the Nigerian
Union of charging some fees for the processing of the e-passport of applicants.
But Anyene said Nigeria`s Consul General in Johannesburg,
Amb. Uche Ajulu-Okeke, had ordered full investigation into the matter.
He said the R120 referred to in the publication as bribe was
the legitimate administrative fee paid for processing of passports, adding that
the payment was receipted and accounted for.
Anyene also said the registration fee charged by the union
to register applicants was R100 instead of the R2,500 reported by the
He further said the union did not charge any fee to write
reference letters for Nigerians coming for data capturing at the Consulate
office in Johannesburg.
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"Such letters are issued free of charge and it is for
Nigerians, especially those who need emergency service,’’ he said.
He said that the official cost of e-passport was $106 rather
than the $160 reported by the publication.
Anyene said the letter issued by the union was meant for
those from distant provinces and not Gauteng province.
"The reason is to help them as it will be extremely costly
for them to stay for days,’’ he said.
He, however, said the union had stopped issuing the letter
because of the efficient system introduced at the passport section of the
Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg.
Anyene, however, urged Nigerians in South Africa to await
the outcome of the investigation and have faith in the present leadership of
the consulate to ensure effective service delivery.