Johannesburg - Some Nigerians resident in South Africa have commended the Nigeria Union in that country for giving them effective leadership.
The Nigerians spoke to media personnel on the sidelines of the inauguration of an identity card and a monthly publication, NaiRand, in Johannesburg.
The respondents said that the Union had worked for the interest and welfare of Nigerians.
Collins Mgbo, Secretary of Nigeria Union, Limpopo Province, said the national secretariat of the union had lived up to expectations.
"The Union has lived up to its aims and objectives. The Union is service-oriented and attends to the needs of the Nigerian community in South Africa.
"They are on the right track and we will continue to support them in the task ahead," he said.
Christian Onovo, Chairman of Nomakwolang Ward of the Union in Northern Cape Province, said the Union had come of age and had often responded to the needs of Nigerians promptly.
"When the xenophobic attacks took place in Northern Cape Province, the Nigeria Union was the first to respond on behalf of Nigerians in that area.
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"They came to our rescue and attended to our needs. They have encouraged us and made other Nigerians to register and become members.
"The Union has done well and we are proud of it," he said.
Trust Oyewole, Secretary of Gauteng Province of the Union, said the purpose of setting up the Union was gradually being met.
"Nigeria Union has started very well and if we reflect on when it started, the Union has achieved a lot," he said.
Oyewole said the Union did very well during the xenophobic attacks by coordinating and reaching out to ensure the safety of Nigerians in all the provinces of South Africa.
Kelvin Okolo, a member living in Rustenburg North , commended the Union for being pro-active during the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
"The chapter chairman in Rustenburg played a crucial role in ensuring the safety of Nigerians in that area during the xenophobic attacks.
"The Union's pro-active measures helped tackle a lot of challenges and Nigerians in that area appreciate this gesture by the Union," he said.