Yesterday, the Enugu State government announced that the United Kingdom (UK) government had approved a visa center for the state to help South East people with their visa applications.
Prof. Chidiebere Onyia, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), hinted at this by saying that the center would improve ties between the state, Nigeria, and the UK.
Onyia said that the Governor of Enugu, Peter Mbah, included the visa center in his requests when the UK High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr. Richard Montgomery, visited the Government House in June of this year.
Similar requests were made by Ohanaeze Ndigbo when the High Commissioner visited the organization’s national secretariat in Enugu last June.
Onyia went on to say that the government was delighted to learn about the visa center and that it will further strengthen the economic ties and cross-cultural interactions between the country and the UK.
Because the visa center would help solidify the relationship, he stated, “The Enugu State government looks forward to a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with the UK.”
The state government encouraged locals, especially those living in the South East, to take advantage of the chance to apply for visas in the state, stating that it would improve security for both citizens and visitors conducting business there.
Similar to this, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the leading Igbo socio-cultural organization, has praised the British High Commission and the UK Government for granted Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu’s request for the opening of a visa office in Enugu for the South East region of Nigeria.
On June 27, 2023, Iwuanyanwu made the proposal at the British High Commissioner’s courtesy visit to the Ohanaeze National Secretariat in Enugu.
Iwuanyanwu had emphasized during the tour that more than 60% of Nigerians traveling to the UK everyday were from the region.
He has questioned the justification for and unfairness of making the Igbo fly to Abuja or Lagos to get their UK visas.