Says the idea is to reduce the stress of Nigerians living in the city and travelling to London for consular services

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru, on Thursday, said the federal government would establish a consulate in Manchester, UK.

Ashiru stated this when he inaugurated a property renovated by the Nigeria?s High Commission in the UK. ?It is our intention to convert this building into a consulate once the necessary funds and approvals are received from the federal government,? he said.

He said setting up a consulate in the city would reduce the stress which Nigerians living in the city could undergo while travelling to London for consular services.

He assured Nigerians in Diaspora of government’s support in ensuring that their interests, rights and welfare were adequately protected from unjust harassment and deportation by officials of the host government.

?Even in the case of irregular migrants, it is our policy to ensure that Nigerians are treated with respect and dignity,? he said.

Dalhatu Tafida, the High Commissioner to the UK, said the property was purchased in 1982 to serve as the Cultural Centre for the Nigerian Community resident in Manchester.

He said that 532,000 pounds was spent to renovate the building and urged Nigerians living in Manchester to make good use of it.

Responding, a representative of Nigerian Community in Manchester, Bitrus Yohanna, thanked the federal government for renovating the building and pledged the community?s readiness to work in partnership with the High Commission to foster unity and progress.

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