The Executive Committee of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation UK South with few floor members paid a courtesy visit to the Nigeria High Commissioner to the Court of St. James, United Kingdom, His Excellency Ambassador Sarafa Tunji Isola, in the embassy’s London Office.
The meeting with the High Commission kicked off at exactly 3:00pm with prayers by Hon Christy Amalu.
The UKs Chairman of the Chapter, Hon. Susan Waya took time to present the ratification of her appointment and that of Cllr. Taslim Gbaja-Biamila as the Vice-Chair, Hon Bimbo Oluwasona and Barr. OKechukwu Adieze as the new Asst Sec / Membership Officer and Legal Adviser respectively to the commission.
She further informed the High Commissioner of NIDO UK South participation in financial supports to diaspora compatriots who fled Ukraine due to the war, preparation for a week in and for Nigeria where NIDOE advocacy will be channel towards, Voters awareness, NIN and Issuance of Nigerian passports abroad. Other areas of highlight included NIDO and CANUK collaborations and NIDO UK North and South merger.
There was also an Award of Excellency issued to the High Commissioner for bringing stability to the operations of the High Commission while Hon. Bimbo Oluwasona and Hon Chibuzor Onwugbonu were awarded for their outstanding humanitarian supports for compatriots who fled Ukraine due to the war.
Ambassador Sarafa, The High Commissioner in his response, said the issue of the lapses due to putting a stop on the fast track was necessary to bring orderliness to the service. He also advised the delegates to inform Nigerians living in the UK to ensure they start the process of renewing their passports six months before expiration.
His Excellency Sarafa added the call for Nigerians in the Diaspora to see themselves as bedrock of development and growth to the nation.
As the meeting rounded up, the High Commissioner challenged the organisation to step out of its comfort zone and engage more Nigerians in the UK.
The High Commissioner promised his wife’s attendance especially during the Diaspora forthcoming ‘A week in Nigeria’ project.
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