Just in: UK establishes visa centre in Enugu

The United Kingdom has set up a visa centre in Enugu, the Enugu State capital to facilitate visa applications by residents in the state, the South-East zone, and the country at large.

Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof Chidiebere Onyia, disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday in Enugu.

Onyia commended the United Kingdom government for the development, recalling that the visa centre was part of Governor Peter Mbah’s earlier requests during the visit to the Government House, Enugu, by the UK High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr Richard Montgomery, in June this year.

The statement said the government received the news of the visa centre with delight and satisfaction, stressing that it would further enhance economic partnership and cultural exchanges between Enugu State and the United Kingdom.

“The Enugu State Government therefore looks forward to a strong, mutually beneficial relationship with the UK, as the visa centre would help cement the relationship”, the statement added.

The government called on the people, especially those residing in the South-East to avail themselves of the opportunity provided to file their visa applications in the state, saying the government would ensure improved security both to residents and visitors carrying on business in the state.

It reiterated that the state was open for business and investment more than ever before.

Community Reporters reports that the apex Igbo sociocultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide had in June in Enugu, where the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo received the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, His Excellency, Dr Richard Montgomery at the National Secretariat of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, had appealed for the setting up of British Visa office in the southeast region.

According to Iwuanyanwu, the South-East zone accounts for over sixty percent of Nigerians traveling to the United Kingdom, stressing that it was unfair that they were subjected to travelling to Abuja and Lagos to procure their Visa.

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