Nigerians in Guangdong province of China has called on the federal government to open consular office in the province to alleviate the hardship they face while trying to process documents The Association recalled an encounter they had with the former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo when he visited China.
In an address presented by the first President of Nigerian community, Pastor Basil Ukaere, appeal to Obasanjo to establish a consular office in Guangzhou unfortunately past administrations never did anything to alleviate their suffering. In his reaction, Senator Mathew Nwagwu, representing Imo north and senate committee Chairman on Foreign Affairs, said the matter has been debated by the senate, stating that the challenge of going far to process documents by Nigerians in the Diaspora is not peculiar to those in China but also to those in Texas, USA.
According to Nwagwu, his committee sent a delegation to Guangzhou and Texas on oversight function to ascertain how the ministry of External Affairs could establish consular in those places but blamed the delay on the cost implication. “The process of establishing a Consular in Guangzhou and Texas is in progress, the only thing delaying it is the cost implication but I assure you as soon as fund is available it would be done” Sen. Nwagwu declared.