12000 Fijians remain trapped at home due to a lack of passports…….. One day we may be told the truth as to why a second company cannot supply Fiji after two years of shortage.
Passport firm under scrutiny
Immigration director Major Nemani Vuniwaqa.
By Osea Bola
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is expected to intervene in the ongoing delays with passport arrivals after another delay was confirmed yesterday.
Immigration Director, Major Nemani Vuniwaqa, has confirmed that the passports will now arrive in June and he has sent a brief to the Prime Minister’s Office detailing several legal options to address the issue.
The Fiji Sun yesterday ran a report that 40,000 passports were expected to arrive today, as confirmed by the director, Major Vuniwaqa.
Oberthur Technologies, a French-based company has refused to issue a public statement to explain the delay in sending 40, 000 passports that were due to be released today.
The Immigration office has 12, 000 pending applications and passports were supposed to have been delivered in March this year.
The passports reportedly have improved security features.
Legal opinion is normally provided by the Solicitors-General’s office but Major Vuniwaqa declined to state what steps will be taken against Oberthur Technologies.
Major Vuniwaqa also confirmed on Saturday that they have applications pending for 12,000 people