- Nigeria’s high commissioner to Canada, Adeyinka Asekun, says the country is unfairly denying nationals visa
- The ambassador noted many Nigerians who are eager to study were denied the opportunity as a result of this
- Nonetheless, Asekun expressed hope that the issue would be addressed in the draft bilateral agreement
Amb. Adeyinka Asekun, Nigeria’s high commissioner to Canada, has said that the country is unfairly denying a lot of Nigerians including students eager to study visas.
The Nigerian envoy disclosed this during a webinar on Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary organised by the mission on Thursday, October 1.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Asekun expressed hope that the issue would be addressed in the draft bilateral agreement that both countries have been working on when it comes into effect.
“Canada and Nigeria have for some time been working on a draft agreement that addresses a number of areas of mutual concern to both countries.
“What is most important about this agreement is that it is likely to address a situation in which a lot of Nigerian citizens are being denied visas when they should actually have been granted the visas.
“And there are provisions in this agreement which will make it possible for us to get much better treatment.”
Asekun explained that Nigeria and Canada have shared a long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationship in various areas.
Rob Oliphant, the parliamentary secretary to the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, in a goodwill message said Canada hosts no fewer than 11,000 Nigerian students, but failed to speak on the visa issue.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Nigerian high commission in Canada on Tuesday, August 18, announced an indefinite suspension of its activities following an attack on one of its staff.
The suspension was coming amidst requests for several passport renewals from Nigerians in the country.
In a statement provided on its website, the Nigerian high commission also noted that the special intervention arrangements for emergency cases have been suspended as well.
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