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IDO-OSUN : OBA ABIMBOLA MOURNS DEATH OF A CLOSE ALLY

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : May 19th 2024

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Headline: Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun Mourns the Demise of Alayemore of Ido-Osun, HRM Oba (Dr.) Aderemi Adeen Adedapo

May 19, 2024 – The traditional and royal circles of Nigeria are enveloped in grief as Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun expressed profound sorrow over the passing of his close ally, the Alayemore of Ido-Osun, HRM Oba (Dr.) Aderemi Adeen Adedapo. The monarch’s demise marks a significant loss for the Ido-Osun community and the larger Yoruba kingdom.

Oba Balogun, the revered leader of Okun-Ade, Yoruba African Kingdom in Dallas, Texas, in a release made available to the media and signed by the Director of Palace Communications, paid homage to the life and legacy of Oba Adedapo, highlighting his unwavering dedication to the welfare and development of Ido-Osun. In his statement, Oba Balogun remarked, “HRM Oba Aderemi Adeen Adedapo was more than a fellow monarch; he was a brother, a confidant, and a pillar of strength. His wisdom, leadership, and compassion will be dearly missed.”

The late Oba Adedapo was renowned for his relentless efforts in promoting cultural heritage, fostering unity, and spearheading various community development projects. His tenure as the Alayemore saw numerous initiatives aimed at improving the standard of living for his people and preserving the rich traditions of Ido-Osun.

Consoling the indigenes of Ido-Osun, Oba Akile Balogun urged the community to draw strength from the remarkable legacy left behind by their beloved monarch. “In these trying times, Ido-Osun should hold firm to the values and vision that Oba Adedapo instilled in us. Let his memory be a guiding light as we navigate this period of mourning,” he said.

The passing of Oba Adedapo has indeed left a void in the hearts of many, but his impact on the cultural and socio-economic landscape of Ido-Osun remains indelible. The community, along with fellow monarchs and well-wishers, continues to offer prayers and support to the royal family during this difficult time.

As the traditional rites commence, the people of Ido-Osun and the wider Yoruba kingdom will honor the memory of a monarch whose reign was characterized by progress, unity, and an unwavering commitment to his people’s prosperity.

Push News 24 International extends heartfelt condolences to the Ido-Osun community and joins in mourning the loss of a great leader, HRM Oba (Dr.) Aderemi Adeen Adedapo.

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AWUJALE @ 90 : OBA AKILE THANKED TINUBU FOR GCON HONOUR

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : May 10th, 2024

AWUJALE AT 90 – Oba Akile thanked President Tinubu for GCON recognition of the traditional institution

“In a gesture of immense respect and honor, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria has bestowed the second-highest national honor, GCON (Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger), upon His Royal Majesty Oba Dr. Sikiru Adetona, the Awujale of Ijebuland. This prestigious recognition comes as the revered monarch marks his 90th birthday, celebrating an extraordinary six-decade reign marked by wisdom, leadership, and dedication to his people, Oba Akile has said.

Push News 24 International reports that Oba Dr. Sikiru Adetona ascended to the throne of the Awujale of Ijebuland in 1960, during Nigeria’s early years of independence.

Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun, in an appreciation mood said “since Awujale assumption of office, he has been a beacon of stability and progress in Yorubaland and Nigeria by extension. His reign spans a significant period of Nigeria’s history, witnessing various socio-political transformations, yet remaining steadfast in his commitment to the welfare and development of his kingdom.

In his tribute message Akile who is the Oba of Dallas, Texas expressed heartfelt appreciation to Oba Dr. Sikiru Adetona for his remarkable leadership and contributions to nation-building. In conferring the GCON honor, Akile stressed that President Tinubu recognized Awujale’s unwavering dedication to fostering peace, unity, and socio-economic development in Ijebuland and beyond. Akile lauded the monarch’s exemplary character, wisdom, and vision, which have endeared him to his subjects and earned him respect across Nigeria.

The Ijebu born diaspora king of the Yorubas said that President Tinubu’s gesture has been met with widespread joy and gratitude among the people of Ijebuland and beyond. even community leaders, residents, and well-wishers have lauded the president’s decision as a fitting tribute to a monarch who has tirelessly served his people with distinction for over six decades.

Push News 24 International can also confirm that the occasion of Awujale’s 90th birthday has been marked by celebrations, cultural festivities, and expressions of appreciation for his enduring legacy.

In the concluding tribute by Oba Akile, he said, “Under Oba Dr. Sikiru Adetona’s reign, Ijebuland, has experienced significant advancements in various sectors, including education, healthcare, infrastructure, and cultural preservation. The Awujale’s visionary leadership has played a pivotal role in promoting peace, harmony, and socio-economic development within his kingdom, fostering a sense of pride and identity among the Ijebu people.

“As Oba Dr. Sikiru Adetona celebrates his 90th birthday and commemorates over six decades as the Awujale of Ijebuland, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s conferment of the GCON honor stands as a testament to the monarch’s exemplary service and enduring legacy. The occasion serves not only to honor a revered leader but also to reaffirm the importance of traditional institutions in Nigeria’s socio-cultural fabric and nation-building efforts”.

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OBA OF DALLAS JOIN NIGERIAN MUSLIMS TO CELEBRATE EID MUBARAK AT THE MOSQUE

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : April 10th, 2024

Oba of Dallas Joins Nigerian Muslims in Diaspora to Celebrate Eid Mubarak

Dateline: Dallas, United States | April 10, 2024

In a heartwarming display of solidarity and cultural unity, Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun, the esteemed Oba of Dallas, joined Nigerian Muslims in the Diaspora to commemorate the end of Ramadan and joyously celebrate Eid Mubarak in the United States of America.

The culmination of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, is marked by Eid al-Fitr, a joyous occasion celebrated by Muslims worldwide. This year, the festivities took on an extra layer of significance as Oba Balogun, a prominent figure in the Nigerian community in Dallas, extended his support and participation in the celebrations.

The event, held in the vibrant Nigerian community of Dallas, at Richardson Mosque in North Texas was a testament to the spirit of inclusivity and harmony. Oba Balogun, adorned in traditional attire befitting his royal status, joined in the prayers and festivities alongside members of the Nigerian Muslim community.

In his address to the gathering of Muslimsfaithfuls who came to pay homage to him, Oba Balogun expressed his profound joy at being able to partake in such a significant moment with his fellow Nigerians in the Diaspora. He emphasized the importance of unity and mutual respect among diverse communities, reaffirming his commitment to fostering cultural exchange and understanding in the Dallas region.

The presence of Oba Balogun served as a unifying force, symbolizing the shared heritage and values that bind Nigerians, regardless of geographical location or religious affiliation. His participation underscored the importance of recognizing and embracing the rich diversity that enriches the fabric of American society.

As the festivities continued with traditional music, dance, and delectable cuisine, the atmosphere was filled with a sense of camaraderie and goodwill. Families and friends came together to exchange greetings, share meals, and extend warm wishes for the Eid celebrations.

In a world often marked by division and discord, the coming together of Oba Balogun and the Nigerian Muslim community in Dallas serves as a powerful reminder of the enduring bonds of culture, faith, and humanity. Their celebration of Eid Mubarak transcends borders and barriers, uniting hearts in joyous celebration and mutual respect.

As the sun set on this auspicious day, the echoes of prayers and laughter resonated throughout the Nigerian community in Dallas, a testament to the enduring spirit of togetherness and solidarity that defines Eid al-Fitr.

In this moment of celebration and reflection, Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun and the Nigerian Muslim community in the Diaspora have exemplified the true essence of Eid Mubarak – a time for unity, compassion, and shared joy.

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AMUWO ODOFIN : SANUSI GREETS RESIDENTS AT EID MUBARAK

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL: April 10th, 2024

Dear Residents of Amuwo-Odofin Federal Constituency,

As we celebrate Eid Mubarak, I extend my heartfelt greetings and best wishes to each and every one of you. May this auspicious occasion bring joy, peace, and prosperity to your homes and communities.

Eid is a time of reflection, gratitude, and unity. It is a time to come together as one family, regardless of our differences, and celebrate the blessings bestowed upon us.

I encourage us all to embrace the spirit of compassion and generosity during this blessed time. Let us extend a helping hand to those in need, and spread love and kindness wherever we go.

As your son, I am committed to serving the interests of our community and working towards a brighter future for all. Together, let us strive to build a more inclusive and harmonious Amuwo-Odofin, where every resident can thrive and flourish.

Once again, Eid Mubarak to you and your loved ones. May this special day be filled with happiness, peace, and blessings.

Warm regards,

Prince Lanre A. Sanusi (PLS)

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OKUN-ADE COMMUNITY, TX. MOURNS AS ASOLO JOINS HIS ANCESTORS

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : April 10th, 2024

Below is a release by the Office of the Akile of Dallas,TX. USA over the death of the Paramount Ruler of Isolo Kingdom as made available to the media.

OKUN-ADE COMMUNITY, TX. USA MOURNS AS ASOLO JOINS HIS ANCESTORS

In loving memory of a revered leader and cherished monarch, we bid farewell to His Royal Majesty, Oba Kabiru Alani Adelaja Agbabiaka, the Paramount Ruler of Isolo Kingdom, Lagos State. Today, as we mourn his passing, we also celebrate the remarkable life and indelible legacy he leaves behind.

Oba Kabiru Alani Adelaja Agbabiaka was more than just a ruler; he was a beacon of wisdom, compassion, and unity in his community. Throughout his reign, he exemplified the true essence of leadership, always placing the welfare of his people above all else.

Under his guidance, Isolo Kingdom flourished, experiencing unprecedented growth and development. His unwavering commitment to progress and prosperity touched the lives of countless individuals, leaving an enduring mark on the fabric of society.

As we gather to pay our final respects, let us not mourn the loss of a great king, but rather celebrate his extraordinary contributions and the profound impact he had on our lives. May his legacy continue to inspire generations to come, and may his gentle soul find eternal peace in the embrace of his ancestors.

In this time of sorrow, we extend our deepest condolences to his family, loved ones, and the entire Isolo community. Though he may no longer walk among us, his spirit will forever dwell in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.

Farewell, Kabiyesi Osolo of Isolo. Your memory will live on in our hearts forever. May you rest in perfect peace.

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Iga Okunade Media Office

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HRM Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun
Oshiloye joye 1
Akile of Iga Okun-Ade
Yoruba Africa Kingdom
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DALLAS TX: 14TH ANKARA FESTIVAL RECEIVES ROYAL BLESSINGS

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : April 2nd, 2024

Ankara Festival Organizers receives royal blessings, Extend Official Invitation to Oba of Dallas

Dallas : In a gesture of cultural inclusivity and community engagement, the organizers of the Ankara Festival in Dallas, Texas, embarked on a significant visit to the Oba of Dallas, HRM Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun, Oshiloye Ojoye 1, Akile of Okun-Ade, extending a formal invitation to him and his Council to partake in the upcoming festivities in April 26th, 2024. The Ankara Festival, which is in it 14th edition, renowned for its celebration of African culture, fashion, music and heritage, aims to foster unity and appreciation among diverse communities in the heart of the United States of America.

The delegation, led by the festival’s executive committee Team Lead and Initiator, Ogbeni Olawale Victory, arrived at the Oba’s palace adorned in traditional Ankara attire, signifying respect and admiration for the rich cultural heritage that both entities represent. With ceremonial decorum and reverence, the organizers presented the official invitation to the esteemed Oba, emphasizing the festival’s dedication to honoring African traditions and promoting cultural exchange.

Push News 24 International reports that during the meeting, heartfelt exchanges underscored the mutual commitment to fostering harmony and unity within the Dallas community. The Oba of Dallas expressed his gratitude for the invitation, acknowledging the significance of such cultural events in nurturing a sense of belonging and understanding among residents from various backgrounds.

In response to the invitation, the Oba conveyed his intent to attend the 14th Ankara Festival, along with members of his Chiefs and Okunade-in-Council, as a testament to their unwavering support for initiatives that celebrate diversity and cultural heritage. Furthermore, he extended an invitation to the festival organizers to visit his kingdom, fostering reciprocal engagement and collaboration between the two communities.

The Ankara Festival organizers warmly received the Oba’s gracious acceptance of the invitation and royal blessings, affirming their commitment to creating an inclusive platform where cultural traditions can be celebrated and shared. They expressed eagerness to welcome the Oba and his kingdom to the festival, recognizing the significance of their presence in enhancing the event’s cultural tapestry.

As preparations for the 14th Ankara Festival intensify, the forthcoming participation of the Oba of Dallas and his kingdom serves as a poignant reminder of the power of cultural exchange in building bridges of understanding and unity within the Dallas community. This collaborative endeavor embodies the spirit of inclusivity and mutual respect, exemplifying the transformative potential of cultural celebrations in fostering a more harmonious society.

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EMBRACE THE JOY OF EASTER – OBA OF DALLAS

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL: March 30th, 2024

Below is the goodwill message from the traditional ruler of Yoruba African Kingdom in Dallas, TX, USA

Title: Embracing the Joy of Easter: A Message of Hope from HRM Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun, Oba of Dallas

Dear Yoruba Christians in Diaspora,

As the vibrant colors of spring blossom around us, heralding the arrival of Easter, it is with great joy and humility that I extend my heartfelt greetings to each and every one of you. In this sacred season, we are reminded of the profound significance of faith, unity, and renewal.

Easter is not merely a commemoration of historical events; it is a celebration of eternal truths that resonate deeply within our hearts and souls. It is a time to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice made out of love, and the triumphant victory over darkness and despair. The resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ symbolizes the promise of redemption, forgiveness, and everlasting life.

In the spirit of Easter, let us come together as a community, transcending boundaries and differences, to embrace the essence of love, compassion, and unity. Regardless of our backgrounds or circumstances, we are bound by a common faith and heritage that unites us as one family.

As Yoruba Christians residing in the United States, we carry with us the rich tapestry of our cultural traditions and values. Let us draw strength from our shared heritage as we navigate the challenges and triumphs of life in a foreign land. Our resilience, perseverance, and unwavering faith serve as a testament to the enduring spirit of the Yoruba people.

During this Easter season, let us extend a hand of friendship and goodwill to our neighbors, irrespective of their creed or ethnicity. Let us embody the virtues of kindness, generosity, and empathy, reaching out to those in need and spreading the message of hope and compassion.

As the Oba of Dallas, I am deeply proud of the contributions that Yoruba Christians have made to the fabric of American society. Your dedication to your faith, your commitment to your families, and your determination to succeed inspire us all. May your light continue to shine brightly, illuminating the path for future generations to follow.

In the midst of life’s trials and tribulations, may the joy of Easter serve as a beacon of hope, guiding us through the darkest of nights and leading us towards a brighter tomorrow. Let us rejoice in the resurrection of our Savior, and let His love permeate every aspect of our lives.

As you gather with your loved ones to celebrate this sacred occasion, may the blessings of Easter fill your hearts with peace, joy, and eternal happiness. On behalf of myself and the entire community of Dallas, I extend my warmest wishes for a blessed and joyous Easter.

With deepest respect and admiration,

HRM Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun
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OKUN-ADE YORUBA COMMUNITY IN DALLAS MOURN 42ND OLUBADAN

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : March 15th, 2024

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Condolences on the Passing of HRM Oba (Sen) Olalekan Salami, 42nd Olubadan of Ibadan

Dallas, TX – [Date]

The Yoruba Diaspora community, represented by HRM Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun, the Akile of Okun-Ade, Dallas TX, USA, extends its deepest condolences to the esteemed people of Great Ibadan land and the entire Yoruba Nation, both at home and in diaspora, on the passing of HRM Oba (Sen) Olalekan Balogun, the revered 42nd Olubadan of Ibadan land.

HRM Oba Olalekan Balogun’s departure leaves a profound void, not only in the city of Ibadan but in the heart of every Yoruba across the globe. His wisdom, dedication, and commitment to service have etched an indelible mark on our collective heritage.

In this period of mourning, we stand united with the people of Ibadan, paying homage to the memory of Oba Olalekan Balogun and the remarkable impact he made during his brief tenure. May his legacy of promoting peace, driving progress, and fostering unity serve as a guiding beacon for future Yoruba generations.

As we somberly reflect on the loss of this revered leader, may his enduring legacy of peace, progress, and unity continue to inspire all Yoruba traditional leadership, both at home and abroad.

During this time of grief and remembrance, our thoughts and prayers are unwaveringly with the people of Great Ibadan City. May you find comfort and solace in the cherished memories and enduring legacy of HRM Oba Olalekan Balogun.

Eku Ara fe ra ku!

With heartfelt condolences,

HRM Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun

Akile of Okun-Ade
Dallas TX, USA

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IMPORTANCE OF PROMOTING YORUBA LANGUAGE IN DIASPORA- OBA AKILE (Part 1)

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL: March 5th, 2024

In a new twist to revamp the Yoruba language, the Akile of Okun-Ade, Yoruba African Community in Dallas, Texas, USA, HRM Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun has joined the called on Nigerians who are of Yoruba descent to ensure deliberate efforts in promoting the Yoruba language across all spheres of life.

The US based Yoruba leader made this assertions in a recent media release which was sighted by Push News 24 International and made available to the public.

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Importance of Promoting the Yoruba Language in Diaspora Highlighted by Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun (Part I), Oba of Dallas

Dallas, TX – March 5, 2024 – Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun , the esteemed Oba of Dallas, has underscored the critical significance of promoting the Yoruba language within the diaspora community. Recognizing the profound cultural richness embedded within the Yoruba heritage, Oba Balogun emphasizes the imperative of preserving and perpetuating this linguistic tradition among Yoruba descendants residing outside of Nigeria.

With a legacy deeply rooted in the preservation of Yoruba culture, Oba Balogun has initiated numerous endeavors aimed at fostering a deeper connection to the language and traditions of the Yoruba people. Through educational initiatives, cultural programs, and community outreach efforts, Oba Balogun advocates for the active engagement of Yoruba diaspora members in embracing and celebrating their linguistic and cultural heritage.

“The Yoruba language serves as a conduit for preserving our identity, heritage, and values,” remarked Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun I. “By promoting the Yoruba language within the diaspora, we not only honor our ancestors but also empower future generations to embrace their roots and contribute to the enrichment of our global community.”

In addition to promoting linguistic proficiency, Oba Balogun stresses the societal benefits of multilingualism and cultural diversity. By nurturing fluency in the Yoruba language among diaspora youth, Oba Balogun envisions a future where cultural exchange and mutual understanding thrive, fostering stronger bonds between individuals of diverse backgrounds.

As the custodian of Yoruba culture in Dallas, Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun I remains steadfast in his commitment to advancing initiatives that promote cultural preservation, linguistic proficiency, and community cohesion. Through collaborative efforts and unwavering dedication, Oba Balogun endeavors to ensure that the vibrant tapestry of Yoruba culture continues to flourish within the diaspora and beyond.

Signed

Director of Palace Communications

About Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun :
Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun, Oshiloye Ojoye I, Akile of Iga Okun-Ade. is the revered traditional ruler of the Yoruba community in Dallas, Texas. With a profound dedication to preserving and promoting Yoruba culture, Oba Balogun serves as a beacon of leadership and cultural stewardship within the diaspora community. Through his visionary leadership and unwavering commitment, Oba Balogun continues to inspire and empower individuals to embrace their cultural heritage and contribute to the collective enrichment of society.

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PASSPORT: US BASED TRADITIONAL RULER COMMENDS INTERIOR MINISTER

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : February 29th, 2024

HRM Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun Commends Minister of Interior and Nigerian Immigration Service for Introducing Contactless Passport Technology

In a recent statement, the Oba of Dallas, His Royal Majesty, (HRM) Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun has expressed commendations towards the Federal Minister of Interior, Mr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, and the Nigerian Immigration Services for their initiative to implement contactless technology for international passport applications for diasporans. This views came ahead of the preparation for the anticipated launch of the system on March 8, 2024.

Oba Akile’s statement said, in his interaction with some stakeholders he was was able to confirm that “the introduction of contactless technology aims to streamline and enhance the passport application process for Nigerians in diaspora, making it more convenient and efficient for Nigerian citizens to access their passports easily”.

By adopting this advanced technology, applicants home and abroad will experience faster processing times and reduced physical contact during the application process, this aligns with global trends in digitalization and modernization” Oba Akile said.

The US based traditional ruler emphasized the importance of embracing innovative solutions to improve public services, especially in critical areas such as immigration and passport issuance. He lauded the efforts of the Tinubu led government, dedication of the Minister of Interior and the Nigerian Immigration Service for their commitment to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of passport services in the country.

While assuring Nigerians living abroad of the sincerity of the government in this regard, the Ijebu-born leader of Iga Okun-Ade Yoruba African Community assured that “the implementation of contactless technology reflects Nigeria’s commitment to leveraging digital solutions to enhance security and convenience for its citizens and visitors. The system is expected to enhance the integrity of passport issuance processes, reduce the risk of identity theft, and improve overall service delivery.”

The government’s proactive approach towards embracing technological advancements is a testament to its commitment to modernizing public services and enhancing the overall experience for citizens and visitors alike”.

Push News 24 International reports that as the March 8, 2024 launch date approaches, anticipation builds among citizens and stakeholders eager to experience the benefits of the new contactless passport application system.

With a thriving environment for racketeering, process for obtaining the Nigerian passport has turned the booklet into a hire purchase document where applicants pay official cost at point of application, connoting preliminary down payment. This is the practice nationwide. Applicants who fail to comply with this process risk delayed services characterised by uncertainty, except for Very Important Persons, VIP,  and those with direct contact with top officials of NIS who enjoy some level of waivers exempting them from any form of bargains. Despite this, a balance sum is made as gift at the end of the exercise to the facilitating official in appreciation, but at the discretion of the applicant.

Sadly, some of these NIS officials have also extended these unethical practices to foreigners and the country’s missions abroad. As a government agency providing direct services to foreigners, NIS is the face of Nigeria.  How it carries out its activities and obligations rub off on the country’s image with implications on public perception. Its conduct can be used to gauge corruption in the course of passport, visa, work permit and expatriate quota issuance. The hire purchase process is embodied in two recognised methods of application, namely: online and physical through an NIS official. In the online, applicants are required to apply through dedicated portal on the internet where payment is made and appointment date assigned for biometric capture. Fixed date for collection is not known, and applicants need not contact NIS officials prior to application.  

After releasing royal blessings for the progress and development of Nigeria, HRM Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun’s commendation underscores the significance of the introduction of contactless passport technology and highlights the collaborative efforts between the government and relevant agencies to drive positive change and innovation in the country’s immigration processes.

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