Nigerians in the Western part of Sweden (Västra Götaland County) which comprises of Gothenburg, Borås, Trollhättan and forty six other municipalities, had a town hall meeting with the Nigerian Ambassador to Scandinavian countries, Ambassador Benedict Amobi which was part of familiarity tour by the embassy to explain what the embassy is doing to improve the quality of services to the Nigerians in Scandinavian countries.
Ambassador Benedict,his Consular Mr. Ishaya Lazarus and Mr. David Samuel were also at the meeting. The Ambassador explained to the Nigerians what the embassy is doing to stand in for Nigerians in Scandinavian countries like:
- Defend Nigerians on immigrations issues,
- Improve Visa services to Nigerians/Scandinavian within short hours
- Give technical support to Nigerians on businesses,
- Promote the culture and values of Nigeria in Scandinavian countries
- Relay the plan of the Nigerian government to Nigerians in western part of Sweden (Västra Götaland) etc.
However, the atmosphere became charged during the question and answer session when one of the Nigerian, Mr. Sunday Edekor at the town hall meeting raised his concern over the issuance of Nigerian passports in Sweden and the difficulties he faced in getting a passport for his son without any success. The Nigerian Consular, Mr. Ishaya explained to Mr. Sunday some of the challenges they had in the past which have now been resolved with the introduction of the Biometric Passport machine in Stockholm. The Ambassador gave credence to what the Consular Ishaya said and promised to personally pay for Mr. Sunday’ s son passport with assurance that it will be issued out to him on the same day he comes to Stockholm. A good gesture that came with applause from Nigerians at the meeting.
The issue of nonchalant attitude of the embassy staffs were also raised, which the Ambassador promised to look into more and he offered to be reached by all Nigerians at any time through phone, mail or direct visit to him at the embassy.
Before the meeting ended, Mr. Chris Abika raised his dismay on Boko Haram, its negative effects and how it is hurting prospective Swedish investors that may be interested in investing in the northern part of Nigeria. Concern was also raised on the benefits from the developmental programs in Nigeria for Nigerian technocrats that reside in western part of Sweden (Västra Götaland) which the Ambassador answered by encouraging such Nigerian to join affiliated diaspora (NIDO-Nigerian In Diaspora Organization) in their respective networks.
Mr. Francis Ijenyo, president of The Nigerian Family Association in Gothenburg highlighted the importance of the Association in Gothenburg, their achievements and encouraged other Nigerians who reside in western part of Sweden (Västra Götaland) and have not joined the membership of the association to do so.
Ambassador Benedict Amobi, pleaded with Nigerians in Sweden to give President Goodluck Jonathan the opportunity to prove his good intentions by supporting the government.
Listen to the Ambassador town hall message in the video clip, see the Nigerians present at the town hall meeting and share your though with us.
Video clip of the town-hall meeting in Gothenburg
Cross section of Nigerains at the town hall meeting
Amb. Benedict greeting Nigerians before he took his seat.
Amb. Benedict addressing Nigerians at the town hall meeting.
Amb. Benedict with Mr Francis Ijenyo and Mr Williamson
Nigerian Embassy staff with NFA representatives at the town hall meeting
Nigerians asking the Embassy questions at the meeting
Angola representative at the town hall meeting
Amb. Benedict respond to questions raised at the meeting
Photograph by:Katrin Nilsson
Stefan Surya Andersson
Written by: Kenneth Fagbe