New UK Visa Centre Opened in Enugu, Nigeria to Strengthen Ties and Simplify Travel

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In a move set to simplify visa applications and strengthen economic and cultural bonds, the United Kingdom has officially opened a visa centre in Enugu, Nigeria. This development comes as a result of persistent efforts by the Enugu State government, with hopes of fostering enhanced relationships and easing travel for residents in the state and the entire Southeastern region.

The announcement was made by Chidiebere Onyia, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), during a statement issued on Monday, September 11, in Enugu. The inauguration of the visa centre was met with gratitude from the Enugu government, who saw it as a significant achievement resulting from Governor Peter Mbah’s earlier requests during the visit of the UK High Commissioner to Nigeria, Richard Montgomery, in June of the same year.

The establishment of the visa centre has been met with widespread joy and anticipation in Enugu State. Government officials see it as a gateway to new economic partnerships and cultural exchanges between the state and the United Kingdom. Secretary Chidiebere Onyia emphasized the potential benefits, stating, “The Enugu state government eagerly anticipates a robust and mutually advantageous relationship with the UK, as the visa centre will fortify this bond.”

Residents of the state, particularly those in the South-Eastern region, have been encouraged to take advantage of the new visa application centre. Enugu’s government has pledged to enhance security for both residents and business visitors, reinforcing the message that the state is more open for business and investment than ever before.

This move also comes following a meeting between the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, and the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Richard Montgomery. During this meeting, President General of Ohanaeze, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, advocated for the establishment of a British Visa Office in the Southeast region.

Iwuanyanwu highlighted that the Southeast zone accounts for over sixty percent of Nigerians traveling to the United Kingdom. He underscored the inconvenience and the burdensome nature of requiring these travelers to journey to Abuja or Lagos for visa procurement. The opening of the new visa centre in Enugu addresses this issue directly, making the visa application process more accessible and convenient for the people of the Southeast and beyond.

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