Port Harcourt - The South African High Commissioner to
Nigeria, Louis Mngani, says visa office established in Port Harcourt
is to boost operations between Nigeria and South Africa.
In a statement signed by Opubo Inko-Tariah, the Special Adviser,
Media and Publicity of the High Commission, Mngani made the remark at
the inauguration of the South African e-visa office in Port Harcourt on
According to him, since 1994 when the first elected South African
president came to power, the tie between the two countries gets stronger
by the day.
Mngani expressed the hope that the presence of the centre would be
beneficial to residents and boost trade between the two countries.
He said that the choice of Port Harcourt was due to its status as an economic hub in the country.
The South African Consular General, Mugesi Monaisa, said that the visa
centre was among the three established in the country to palliate the
suffering prospective visitors and tourists experienced in obtaining
visas to South Africa.
Monaisa said that the centre would provide an advice for those ready to do business in South Africa.
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In his speech, Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers stated that the state "is
investors haven as it is the most hospitable and lucrative place for
He urged the international community to dismiss the negative stories
about the state as the issue of security remained a global affair.
Wike promised to improve on the security situation in the state but said that the state was one of the safest in the country.
"We will do everything we can to return Port Harcourt to its past glory
and we will want everybody to support the government," he said.
Wike commended the South African High Commission for selecting Port Harcourt as one of its visa centres in the country.
He said that the centre would boost diplomatic relations and provide employment for the citizenry.
Wike pledged the government's support to complement the efforts of the
High Commission in the state and enjoined other diplomatic missions to
imitate the South African government.
The governor, however, called on the South African embassy to go beyond
setting up a visa office by commencing direct flight operations between
Port Harcourt and Johannesburg.