UK High Commission In Nigeria To Replace Expired 30-Day Visas For Free

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A screengrab of the UK High Commission in Nigeria. Map data: Google.

 

 

The United Kingdom (UK) High Commission in Nigeria has said it will replace expired 30-day visas for free as it reopens its Visa Application Centres (VAC). 

According to a statement issued by the High Commission on its official Twitter handle on Thursday, the replacement of the expired visas for free is due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If an individual’s 30-day visa to travel to the UK for work, study it to join family has expired, or is about to expire, they can request a replacement visa with revised validity dates free of charge until the end of this year,” the statement explained.

“This does not apply to other types of visas. The process will be in place until the end of 2020. The replacement visa will be valid for 90 days.”

It said due to the travel disruptions caused by the pandemic, the High Commission is experiencing a high demand for the replacement of vignettes for 30-day visas to travel to the UK.

“To request a replacement visa, individuals can arrange to return their passport, to their Visa Application Centre in Nigeria without an appointment,” the High Commission added.

It, therefore, called on customers to be patient as it works on the issues causing delays in its normal operations.

Read the full statement below: 

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New High Commissioner Urges Nigerians In South Africa To Be Law Abiding

Nigeria’s new High Commissioner to South Africa, Dr Ahmed Ibeto has asked Nigerians resident in South Africa to be law abiding at all times. 

Ibeto, who is the former deputy governor of Niger State, is Nigeria’s first substantive High Commissioner to South Africa in about three years.

He said Nigerians should engage in lawful activities which will encourage cooperation between them and the host community, South Africa.

“They are called upon to engage in activities that are lawful, by doing that, I am sure we are going to have cooperation and we will not have a clash with our host community, South Africa, so this we impress on our people, to engage in lawful businesses and also ensure that they abide by the laws.”

Ibeto, speaking at a reception in his honour at the Consul-General’s residence on Saturday, outlined some of his priority areas.

These, he says, includes improving the scope of engagement with government and the business sector, as well as promoting investment in mining, agriculture, and tourism.

President Buhari Becomes Grand Patron Of Committee On Corporate Philanthropy

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja accepted an invitation to serve as Grand Patron of the Committee Empowering Corporate Philanthropy in Nigeria.

Receiving the group led by Nigeria’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Christopher Kolade, at the Presidential Villa, President Buhari said that the Federal Ministry of Health will work in close concert with the committee.

The committee has “Big War Against Cancer” as its focal point for 2016.

Dr. Kolade told President Buhari that the committee was out to promote philanthropy nationwide, and to encourage organizations and individuals to use their resources to help others.

“As father of the nation, we want you to be our Grand Patron, so that you can give us the benefit of your support for the things we do.  Your integrity and credibility will serve us in good stead,” Dr. Kolade said.

He added that the war against cancer can be won, if both the government and the private sector support the acquisition of mobile cancer centres, which could be deployed in all states of the federation, and Abuja.

President Buhari was decorated with the garland of the committee and presented with a plaque of the organization.

British High Commissioner Highlights Strategies To Tackle Boko Haram

pocockThe British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr Andrew Pocock, has said for the country to overcome the security challenges facing it, the government must properly equip its military, against the backdrop of increasing serial attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents in some parts of the Northeast.

He also said that the Nigerian government can come up with a well-articulated security network,  as well as developing a sound economic agenda for the people of the Northeast and other affected areas.

Dr Pocock made this remarks at an interaction with some journalists in Kaduna, North West Nigeria.

The High Commissioner, who attributed the increasing bombings in the Northeast to lack of cohesion among security agencies and other stakeholders, said that the only way to defeat the insurgents is to make Nigeria’s security forces more resilient.

According to him, with the huge amount earmarked for the Defence Sector in its annual budget, Nigeria should be capable of providing adequate weapons for its military, rather than waiting for help from outside countries.

He explained that, rather than assisting Nigeria with weapons or troops in the ongoing war against terror, Britain can only support Nigeria by way of training and retraining of its military personnel in order to enable them be effective on the field.

He also said, the only way the abducted Secondary School girls in Chibok, Borno State can be rescued from their abductors is for the military to defeat the insurgents.

In recent times, several attacks have been recorded in the Northern part of the country which has left hundreds of people dead and thousands injured.

North-east Development: Dogara Seeks Aid From Canada, Bill Gates

Yakubu-Dogara-Speaker-House-of-RepsThe Speaker of the House of Representatives in Nigeria has sought aid from the Canadian government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help address the devastation in the north-east caused by insurgency.

The Speaker, Honorable Yakubu dogara, made the appeal at a meeting with a delegation from the Canadian High Commission and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mr Dogara said the region was in dire need of assistance to address its challenges.

The delegation from the Canadian High Commission was led by the High Commissioner, Perry Calderwood.

Mr Calderwood said his country had always enjoyed good relations with Nigeria and that they look forward to sustaining the relationship.

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Perry Calderwood is hopeful Nigeria and Canada will continue to work together

The Speaker thanked the Canadian government for its contribution to Nigeria’s general elections held in March and April.

At the meeting with a delegation from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Dogara also appealed for support to re-develop the north-east.

The group led by the foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann, assured the Speaker of the foundation’s support, but said that the group was in the National Assembly in connection with some legislation such as the health bill.

The Speaker assured the delegation that the National Assembly would remain committed to addressing the concerns of Nigerians and ensuring that Nigeria met its obligations with the international community.

At a meeting on June 19 with a delegation from Bauchi State led by the State Deputy Governor, Mr Nuhu Gidado, the Speaker assured them that he would use his position to seek foreign aid for the re-development of the region that has been devastated by the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists.

He had at the meeting stressed that with the economic challenges facing the oil-rich nation the development of the north-east would not be achieved without foreign support.

The north-east has seen over five years of insurgency that has left close to two million persons homeless and over five million persons traumatised, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Counter-terrorism operations against the Boko Haram terrorists have continued in the region.

The terrorist group and trying to establish and Islamic State and end western education in the region.

Jonathan calls for more intra-African trade

President Goodluck Jonathan has called for more trade and investment among African countries, to strengthen relationships and for the promotion of the welfare of citizens.

The president was speaking to the outgoing High Commissioner of Botswana to Nigeria, Clifford Maribe, who paid a farewell visit to the State House, Tuesday.

President Jonathan said African businessmen must take advantage of the many investment opportunities available in the continent, thereby improving economic and political relations.

He welcomed the report that the business forum held in Gaborone, Botswana during his visit last month had started yielding positive results, as exploratory business visits between Nigerian and Botswanan businessmen have commenced.

The outgoing High Commissioner of Botswana to Nigeria told President Jonathan that the business forum held in Gaborone, Botswana, during the Nigerian leader’s visit last month generated interest among participants.

Mr Maribe said his tenure in Nigeria had led to stronger relations between the two countries, including high-level visits by the leaders of both countries, and expressed appreciation for the cooperation he enjoyed during his stay.

During a similar audience, President Jonathan told the outgoing Kenyan High Commissioner, Francis K. A. Sigel, that the warm political relations between the two countries should be strengthened through more high-level visits.

He congratulated Mr Sigel for completing the construction of Kenya’s Chancery and staff housing, describing this as ‘a mark of your confidence in us and our relationship’.

The President said there was the need to improve economic relations between Nigeria and Kenya.

In his remarks, Mr Sigel said he enjoyed his stay in Nigeria.