Kehinde John Olagbenjo
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) officially inaugurates a Visa Application and document attestation Centre in Lagos, Nigeria at the office of the Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates, 8th floor, Nipost Towers, No 1. Ologun Agbaje street, off Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Consul General Dr Abdulla Al Mandoos in the presence of prominent government officials such as the special adviser to the Lagos State Government on Sustainable Development Goals and Investment, Solape Hammond; Comptroller General of Immigration for Lagos State, Ahmed Aliyu; Country Manager of Emirates airline, Paulos Legesse; Vice president of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Gbenga Ismail; Head of UAE visa Centre, Abdulla Alqahtani and several media houses were present to witness the centre’s unveiling ceremony.
Dr Abdulla led the visitors on a tour of the centre, reaffirming that despite the current challenges of the pandemic, the United Arab Emirates still avails itself of the opportunities to bolster its bilateral relations with the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He further explained that the Centre was well equipped with apposite Covid 19 preventive measures to ensure all protocols were strictly adhered to.
“The vision to establish a Visa and Attestation office in the Centre of Excellence has been in the works for a while now. Lagos being the economic capital of Nigeria with over 20 million in population, the centre aims to put to ease, the bilateral business processes between both countries. The best equipment has been installed to ensure the process remains fast and convenient with a target of 6 minutes to complete the entire process from the walk-in.”
“With this new development, we anticipate that the people of Lagos and neighbouring states no longer feel compelled to travel to Abuja to process visas and attest their documents as they can now achieve all that in Lagos State.”He said.