Nigeria Urges Dutch Embassy To Resume Issuance Of Schengen Visas

Nigeria Ambassador to the Netherlands, Oji Ngofa, on Sunday, urged the Dutch Embassy to resume issuance of Schengen Visas in Abuja to consolidate the increasing trade relations between Nigeria and Netherlands.

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Nigeria Ambassador to the Netherlands, Oji Ngofa, on Sunday, urged the Dutch Embassy to resume issuance of Schengen Visas in Abuja to consolidate the increasing trade relations between Nigeria and Netherlands.

Ngofa made the call while briefing journalists in The Hague, ahead of President Buhari’s arrival to the Netherlands, on Sunday.
The envoy, who spoke on the visa policy of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nigeria, said the issue had been on the front burner with the host authorities since his assumption of office in that country.

In 2013, the Netherlands Embassy in Nigeria had swapped their visa application processes in Nigeria with the French Consulate-General in Lagos and the Embassy of Belgium in Abuja.
He said: “This has been one recurring theme in my interactions with the Dutch authorities since my arrival as Ambassador late last year.

“I also had to get my visa to this country from the Belgian embassy in Abuja, and upon my arrival, I have kept this issue on the front burner with host authorities.

“We have made series of representations and the Dutch have promised to expedite action to see that their Embassy resumes issuance of Schengen visas in Abuja.

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“We believe that with the increasing trade relations between our countries, priority must be given by the Dutch to visa applicants in Nigeria, as this would facilitate business and people-to-people contact.”
On other consular issues, the Ambassador praised Nigerian community in the Netherlands for being generally law-abiding and contributing positively to various aspects of Dutch society.



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