Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Oji Ngofa, has communicated confidence that the Dutch Embassy in Nigeria will continue the issuance of Schengen Visas in Abuja in the most brief conceivable future.
Mr Ngofa clarified that following exchanges between the Nigerian Foreign Ministry and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Consulate office revived its administrations in Nigeria in 2018 subsequent to shutting it in 2013.
He said the Netherlands exchange office Lagos has likewise been moved up to a Consulate, including this ought to be a venturing stone to the issuance of visas by the Netherlands Embassy to visa candidates in Nigeria.
He focused on that the issuance of Schengen Visas to Nigerians by the Netherlands is just complementary as they have the simplicity of getting Nigerian visas straightforwardly from the Nigerian Embassy in the Hague.
“We have had consular discoursed with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and we are attempting to guarantee that every one of the impediments towards accomplishing the immediate issuance of visas are evacuated.
“Since right now, they have re-appropriated the issuance of visas to the French Consulate in Lagos and the Belgium Embassy here in Abuja.
“What’s more, we believe that isn’t complementary in light of the fact that right now, we are offering our administrations to them in the Hague and we imagine that they should continue.
“Since 2013, they shut their department in Nigeria that was giving visas. Presently, that has been revived, it was a piece of the plan during the visit of the Minister of Development Cooperation in July.
“We have redesigned their exchange office Lagos to a Consulate and we trust that ought to be a venturing stone to the issuance of visas by the Netherlands to Nigerians who wish to head out to Schengen nations.
“We are certain, very soon we would have a positive result. We have had a great deal of grumblings from Nigerians who wish to make a trip to the Netherlands or to Europe through the Netherlands”, Ngofa said.
The emissary revealed to NAN that settling the difficulties of visa issuance to ease travel system was a top need on his motivation as Nigeria’s delegate to the Netherlands.