03 JAN., 2015
OPEN LETTER TO THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON NIGER DELTA
RE: NIGER DELTA AMNESTY TRAINEES IN GREECE UNDER ATTACK
BY RACIST HOTEL MANAGEMENT
In line with our previously held opinion and views regarding the coordination and management of the above programme in Greece; we would like to still use the same means (Open Letter) to draw the attention of the Chairman, Senate Committee no Niger Delta, Sen., James Ebiowou Manager to the mismanagement, inhumane treatments, possible “Modern day Slavery”, harassment of compatriots as well as racism attacks/ remarks by the management of the Attica Beach Hotel that was contracted to provide accommodations and feeding services to both Trainees and coordinators.
However, most notable in such unacceptable remarks are by Mr. Panagiotis, the manager/ owner of the Hotel where the Trainees are stationed, while some individual in our Mission in Athens, Greece has suddenly developed cold feet over continuous demand for relocation by the Trainees, whereby compelling them against their will.
As it is today, after weeks of petitions and peaceful protests by both the Trainees and their resident coordinators regarding the racism attack on them by the Manager/owner of the Attica Beach Hotel at the Sea Resort of Mati, by addressing them as, laughing like “BLACK MONKEY” which brought about the request to be relocated from the Hotel, both the academy and some individual at the Embassy has turn a deaf ear to their (Trainees) requests. Such individuals are walking behind closed doors to see that our compatriots remain in the same Hotel. This is unacceptable in such a time in our nation’s history.
It can be recalled, on Sunday, October 20, 2013, on page 12 of the Guardian Newspaper, we used our open letter to draw the attention and at the same time requested for urgent action by the presidency and agencies in charge for intervention in order to help redirect the cause of the programme in Greece. Sooner afterward, both the JetStream Aviation Academy and the same individual at the Nigerian Embassy in Athens, Greece repeatedly denied our claims/warning about a substantial percentage (Four out of the sixteen ex-militants) of the Trainees at the academy that were yet to be enrolled into their programme courses.
Information now has it that, the four Trainees that were not enrolled in their programme courses (Aircraft Maintenance Engineers) are about to be transferred to another country in order to re-start the programme after Fifteen (15) months (March, 2013 to June, 2014) of not attending the programme here in Greece. This, we have considered as a Waste of time, Senseless administrative procedure and Financial recklessness on the first batch of Trainees in Greece.
Mr. Chairman, it worth you note that, monthly living up-keeps for each Trainee in order to live in today’s Greek society cost about 2,500 Euro (#575,000.00 Naira) excluding Training fee, this will total the sum of 30,000 Euro (#6.9 Million Naira) annually per Trainee. Sir, we are of the view that there should be some form of accountability and responsibility for such financial recklessness by those involved if the Trainees’ transfer is implemented.
The confiscation of these Four young men and others international passport by the programme coordinators never makes it easy for them to return voluntarily to Nigeria, this illegal confiscation of the passports was designed by those involved to silence the truth about treatments of Trainees, such we considered as “Modern day Slavery” in our effort to protect as well as fight for the right of less privileged amongst us, to this end, the Nigerian Embassy was informed but never acted on our tips rather it was pretended as a non understanding the fact of the matter.
Racism has no place in today’s business world and political affairs, hence we would like to appeal on behalf of the Trainees whom are fellow compatriots, for the Senate Committee to draw the attention of Mr. President to direct both the Amnesty office and the Nigeria Embassy in Athens through Her Ministry of Foreign Affairs to immediately relocate these young men and women from a Den of Racists pretending to be a Hotel before they will come under further attacks by a racist business owner.
Be as it may, as the first batch of the programme in Greece come to conclusion in their pilots’ training courses, the assessments and information available is that, the academy in question lacks necessaries aviation technology and human resources for the Nigerian Trainees to gain adequate knowledge of the aviation sector. The question here is, why has the Amnesty office refused to access and evaluate the Academy capacity now and before sending would be pilots for training at the JetStream Aviation Academy in Athens Greece?
There are other allegations concerning financial misdeed/misconduct by the JetStream Aviation Academy over payment of Trainees’ allowance. In line with the Amnesty programme implementation, a bank account was opened by the Embassy upon the request of the programme coordinators with the National Bank of Greece for the purpose of Trainees allowance’s payment but this account was abandoned without reason of whatsoever and JetStream Aviation Academy whose mandates was to train our compatriots becomes the one empowered for the payment of allowance whereby the cash met for payment will have to go to the UAE first before coming to Academy in Greece. This the Trainees can attest to.
As Concerned Niger Delta Citizens resident in Greece, we strongly believe that some individual at the Nigerian Embassy has full knowledge of the situation and should have acted on time but opposite was the case in having the situation checked. Failure by government agencies in charge of the programme in taking hard-line/ tougher stands against racists attacks on our citizens so far, shows the dangers our compatriots are been exposed to in a foreign land.
Honorable Chairman, if we fail to act now, the agencies and our government will put the life of million of Nigerians and others in danger as these young men and women will one day be in total control of an aircraft cock-pit in the Nigeria airspace or otherwise.
We are of the same beliefs that it’s never too late right now to salvage the situation and potential dangers for the future of our people on the Amnesty programme around the globe.
At this junction, we would like to also plead with your honor as always to use your good office to discourage Modern day Slavery practices in the midst of our society because we are in no doubt with your service to our nation. We have fate in you using your outstanding office to protect and promote our citizens.
Thanking you for your time, kindly accept our esteem assurance to work with our communities for the interest of our great nation.
MONE KINGDOM TORITSEJU (MKT)
For: EMMA MONE AND SONS ORGANIZATION GREECE
Other source to read about this is http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/articles-opinions/27965/
The Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Europe (NIDOE), Greece Chapter is to honor Dr. Sam Chekwas, the publishing mogul of Seaburn Publishing that has become one of the largest black book publishers in America. In a letter announcing the award to Dr. Chekwas, the Chairman of NIDOE-Greece Chapter, Dr. E.U Oparaocha, wrote “I want to use this OPPORTUNITY to bring to your notice and congratulate you for the good news about the unanimous decision taken by the Chapter to Honor your person, in our forth coming event that will take place on the 1st of November, 2014, Saturday evening; time 6-8 pm. The venue for the evening will be at the Hellenic American Union, Athens.
I once more congratulate you again, hoping to meet you on the above mentioned DATE for the ceremony.”
Apart from his publishing BUSINESS, Dr. Chekwas is also the founder and chairman of the Elekwa Memorial Foundation, which recently (10/3/) held the Nigerian Independence Day celebration in New York, during which Chief Dr. Chika Onyeani, Publisher and Editor in Chief of the African Sun Times, and Hon. Ugochukwu Nwaokoro, Deputy Mayor of Newark, NJ were honored. Dr. Chekwas is also the president of the African-focused Lekki Consulting Group and the NigerianBusinessForum.org.
Dr. Chekwas speaks perfect Greek, translated many WORKS into Greek as well as being honored many times by many organizations in Greece and received keys to several cities.
Article sources: The African Sun Times
March 11, 2013
The Presidential Amnesty Office has said that as part of efforts to address the gap in manpower development in the aviation sector it planned to train about 200 pilots under its youth empowerment programme.
The Presidential Amnesty Office has said that as part of efforts to address the gap in manpower development in the aviation sector it planned to train about 200 pilots under its youth empowerment programme.
The Presidential Adviser on the programme, Kingsley Kuku, made the disclosure at a pre-departure ceremony in Lagos for the first batch of 21 pilots to be trained in the programme.
Mr. Kuku said that the training was part of efforts to address the gap in manpower development in the aviation sector.
According to him, the pilots are to be trained for 15 months at the JetStream Aviation Academy in Athens, Greece.
“This will bring to 215 those that have been trained in aviation-related fields by the Amnesty Office since its inception,” he said.
Mr. Kuku added that the Amnesty Office had also noticed a gap in ground staff and aircraft maintenance engineers.
He noted that some of the people undergoing training under the amnesty programme for ex-militants have had to switch over to areas of manpower needs.
“Thus, they have diverted to courses like airport management and ground handling, where they will earn a degree in South Africa, Greece, Dubai and Jordan,” he said.
Mr. Kuku said the quest by some Nigerians to acquire private jets had brought to the fore the need to train more pilots and other aviation personnel to man the growing sector.
“If you go to the General Aviation Terminal wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, you will see that there are more private jets than commercial jets so, there is a space to be filled,” he said.
He also said that there were plans by the Amnesty Office to collaborate with the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology at Zaria in Kaduna State.
“The college would be giving further training for delegates that had already qualified as pilots in South Africa for the processing of their pilot conversion and aircraft rating licence.
“The management of the aviation college has assured the Amnesty Office that it can bring some of its delegates to Zaria for all round training in aviation,” he said.
Mr. Kuku told the students to be good ambassadors of Nigeria during the training programmes.
“The Federal Government will no longer tolerate any act of indiscipline by the delegates. The new policy is that if any of you run foul of the laws of the countries where you are undergoing training, the laws of the affected countries will take its course,” he said.
The Embassy of Nigeria in the Hellenic Republic under the headship of His Excellency, Ambassador Ayodeji Ayodele the Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic hosted the 52nd Independence Anniversary of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a reception on Thursday October 4th, 2012. The 52nd reception drew various personalities from all works of life.
HIS EXCELLENCY, Ambassador Ayodeji L. Ayodele- NIGERIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC; Her Excellency Mrs. Ayodeji Ayodele (Wife of the Ambassador); Ambassador Christian N. Iroala (DHM); Mr. Shaga John Shamah (H.C); Mr. Usman Yusuf (FA); Mrs. Adeola Ibrahim (Consul) during the cutting of the 52nd independence’s Cake- On the occasion of the 52nd Independence Anniversary of Nigeria hosted by the Embassy in Greece on Thursday, October 4th, 2012.
His Excellency, the Nigerian Ambassador and Her Excellency, Mrs. Ayodeji Ayodele welcome dignitaries from the diplomatic crops, members of the Greek Foreigner Ministry, the Nigerian Community Greece past and present executive, Executives and Members of the Greek-Nigerian Chambers of Commence (GNCC), Nigerian Organizations in Greece, Greek Businessmen, and Nigerians to the residence at 18, Demokratias Street Paleo Psychieo one of the most richest location in the Greek capital.
HIS EXCELLENCY, Ambassador Ayodeji L. Ayodele- NIGERIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC; Mr. Chukwu Ejike Joshua (Chairman-Nigerian Community Greece) and Mr. Mone Kingdom Toritseju –MKT- (Chairman Emma Mone and Sons Greece / Executive member of the Nigerian Community Greece)- On the occasion of the 52nd Independence Anniversary of Nigeria hosted by the Embassy in Greece on Thursday, October 4th, 2012.
Security was an enormous priority in celebrating the 52nd Anniversary of Nigeria in Greece as our sources witness at the entrance to the residence scanning equipments installed to search any one going in and out of the venue. This is the first time we observe security personal (the Greek police and private security men) in attendance in recent years.
HIS EXCELLENCY, Ambassador Ayodeji L. Ayodele- NIGERIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC- On the occasion of the 52nd Independence Anniversary of Nigeria hosted by the Embassy in Greece on Thursday, October 4th, 2012.
During His Excellency‘s speech, Ambassador Ayodeji Ayodele convey greetings from the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed-Forces, His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to the people of the Hellenic Republic , Nigerians in Greece and dignitaries in attendance. “Nigeria appreciates the cooperation between us in education… and others, today Nigeria is celebrating 52 years of freedom” he further reiterates Nigeria- Greece cooperation for over six (6) decades and the need to continue in this two country good working relationship.
(From L-R) Mr. Dimitris Farantouris (INTERAMERICAN- Agency Manager-Athens Branch); Ms. Konstantina Mathioudi (INTERAMERICAN-Insurance & Investment Advisor); Mr. Mone Kingdom Toritseju –MKT- (Chairman Emma Mone and Sons Greece); Mr. Usman Yusuf (Embassy of Nigeria-FA); Her Excellency, Mrs. Isabel Mercedes da Silva Feijo (Ambassador of Angola); His Excellency, Ambassador Ali Sadiq (Ambassador of Republic of the Sudan); and Mr. Mohammed El Mahdi (Consul-Embassy of Egypt) - On the occasion of the 52nd Independence Anniversary of Nigeria hosted by the Embassy in Greece on Thursday, October 4th, 2012.
The 52nd Cake was cut by His Excellency and his diplomatic team and the crowds lift up their glass for a toast in celebrating Nigeria at 52 years of freedom. The event lasted late night with DDE- (Dancing, Drinking and Eating) as the Ambassador call on Nigerians to enjoy themselves without limitation and a promise of better days ahead for Nigerians in Greece.
For more pictures from the 52nd Independence anniversary of the Federal Republic of Nigeria hosted by the Embassy of Nigeria in Greece Click here.
October 17, 2012 at 8:55 AM
For Nigerians whose passport was not issued after scanning for their E-passport during the August, 2012 intervention exercise by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in Greece due to one or more reasons, can now contact the immigration section at the Embassy of Nigeria for the collection of their E-passport.
Total of One Hundred and Twenty-Five (125) applicants that was not issued with the E-passport now have the opportunity to have their Nigerian E-passport without any further delay with the assistance/involvement of the new Nigerian Ambassador in his capacity as Extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Ambassador AYODEJI LAWRENCE AYODELE.
Below are Forty-Two E-Passports that is now available out of the total number for collection at the time of this report by Nigerians whose names are listed herein, we advice that they contact the consul for the collection. More also, please do have in mind the Embassy, the administrative fee as you approached the consular section for the collect of your E-passport.
1. EZEH MISHARK UZUOMA
2. ALADI PAT
3. UGIAGBE HAPPY
4. EHANIRE IRABO CONSTANCE
5. OMORAGBON CYNTHIA
6. FADIPE SUNDAY OLARENWAJU
7. OHILEBO PEGGY
8. USHIE ANTHONIA
9. OSAMUYI JOY
10. SAMUEL MICHAEL ADISA
11. EREVBENAGIE VERO
12. IMAGBE SMITH
13. MUDASHIRU DAVID ADEMOLA
14. OKOLO MADUKA
15. IWUALA-ANYAWU ANGELA
16. UZOUKWU NIKY HYCENT
17. OBAMWONYI HAPPY
18. AMAEFULE IKECHUKWU
19. FEDRICK BENJAMIN
20. IYRE HAPPY
21. UWUMAROGIE CHRISTINA
22. MOHAMED BRIDGET
23. OKONYE TINE OSADEBE
24. OMOKARO GLORIA UWALIA
25. OVUTE CELESTINE
26. ONYEMA AUGUSTINE ONWUKWE
27. OJO MAUREEN ENORUWA
28. OYEWALE ADEBAYO
29. AHAOTO CHRISTOPHER
30. ITOYA LIFE
31. AKHONBARE MARY JANE
32. CHEKWAS MARY PRINCESS
33. IBETOLIE EZEKIEL
34. EZEN NNAMDI
35. OKPIAVBE ROBERT
36. ONYEMOBI EMMANUEL CHUKWEL CHUKWUEMEKA
37. EMENU CHIMENE
38. EMEROLE KINGSLEY KELECHI
39. NWOHA EMMANUEL UMEZURIKE
40. IDAHOSA DIMITRIS BENSON EDORISI
41. NFE DICKSON ELUWA/ODIONYEFE ONYEGBULE
42. IMADE PULLEN
September 17, 2012 at 8:45 AM
The successful management and reorganizing the Nigerian Community is imperative for all Nigerians living in Greece and the Embassy of Nigerian as Nigerians faces daily harassment from citizens of host country and members of Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn Party) due to the economic crisis that was cause by reckless management of public fund by Greek politicians. It was a shocking revelation in a general meeting of the Nigerian Community Greece held on the 15th of September, 2012 at 8-10 Diogenious Laefious street that Mr. Theophilus Obioh secret plan to position the Nigerian Community on the same spotlight and path as the “Nigerian Student Union” which ended its administrative affairs functions under Mr. Obioha’s leadership in late 90’s was made public by some Nigerians.
Reporting to the general house by the Caretaker Committee on its two weeks of actions in effectives management of the community’s affairs, Nigerians were made to understand the uncompromising attitude of the former Chairman (THEOPHILUS OBIOHA) against the progress of the Community by his complete refusal to handover all Community’s property in his possession to enable the smooth running of the community’s affairs by the Committee.
In August 2009, it can be recalled that Mr. Theophilus Obioha maneuvers himself into the office of the Chairman with unpopular vote after the Embassy of Nigeria in Greece suspend the March 22rd General election of the Nigerian Community which lead to his administration not been recognized by the Embassy of Nigeria in Greece under the leadership of the then Nigerian Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic Dr. Etim Uye during Mr. Ibioha two years mandate which expired in August, 2011 as stipulated in the Community’s constitution.
Since the end of his administration, every officers serving under his administration had since resigned their position in order to enable the community to go into election of new executives of the Community but Mr. Obioha has refuse to abide by the constitution of the Community upon repeated calls by both his formal executives members and Nigerians for him to dissolve his administration to pave way for new election, he (Ibioha) arrogantly keep all property of the community including the document of the Community’s hall (Community House) with secret plans to convert the property for his personal usage, it was revealed.
Our organization’s correspondent gathered that both the Chairman and the Secretary of the Caretaker Committee to the Nigerian Community Greece confirmed that Mr. Obioha had gone to produce a new community’s stamp since he could not retrieve the official community’s stamp from the then secretary of the Nigerian Community under his administration. Also speaking on the issue of trying to convert the property of the community for self use, Mr. Anyakie Innocent the then secretary that serve under his administration and was also elected in a general house vote to serve in the caretaker committee told the general house of the Nigerian community that, the Email account of the community is been hijacked by Mrs. Obioha, the wife of the ex-chairman and she operates the email from their home as he publicly declare; “since I (Mr. Anyakie) took over the secretary office under his administration, Mr. Obioha handed over the email password of the community to his wife and both (Mr. & Mrs. Obioha) had being operating the community’s email from their private computer”.
Meanwhile, Seventy-six (76) Nigerians in attendance in a general meeting of the Community unanimously demand that the Caretaker Community send an official letter to Mr. Obioha asking him to be in attendance in the next community meeting with all community’s property in his possession failure to abide by Nigerians aspiration in starting afresh with the affairs of the community, Nigerians would take a severe actions against him with some suggesting a street protest of Nigerians to his home in order to collect the community belongings.
Emma Mone and Sons Greece also gathered that Mr. Obioha declared the Caretaker Committee that was elected by Nigerians illegitimate and went further to say that, he is still the chairman of the community, from the letter address to His Excellency the Nigerian ambassador, Mr. Ayodele Lawrence Ayodeji by the caretaker committee on the 10th of September, 2012 signed by both Mr. Chukwu Ejike Joshua and Mr. Innocent Anyakie noted; “Mr. Theophilus Obioha even went as far as putting up a publication warning Nigerians against the activities of the caretaker committee and in fact making mockery of every effort we all made to reorganize the community for the betterment of all Nigerians”.
It was also made known by some Nigerians to our correspondent that Mr. Theophilus Obioha is making threats of legal actions against members of the caretaker committee but what we can not confirm from Mr. Obioha is, if he still have any legal obligation to act as Nigerian community chairman in such a lawsuit since his mandate has expired over one year in line with the community’s constitution.
We can also confirm statements of some members of his administration as they speaks out publicly for the first time after their resignation form its regime that, for over one year, Mr. Theophilus Obioha have been acting as the Financial Secretary and Treasurer of the Nigerian Community hence all financial transaction goes through him and directly to his personal pocket alone with the community having no any accounting records of transaction as he (Obioha) prepare the Nigerian Community to die the same way he killed the Nigerian Students Union the one we can say that gives birth to the Nigerian Community Greece.
NIGERIAN PASSPORT: BETTER DAYS AHEAD FOR NIGERIANS IN GREECE WITH THE NEW NIGERIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC
August 24, 2012 at 2:15 AM
Citizen’s Identity is the pride of a nation, securing such identification and citizen’s data has become a concern and greater challenges for the Nigerian government in recent years as Nigerians look ahead for a better days in Greece.On assumption of office by the New Nigerian Ambassador, his efforts to bring back the lost glory on our international identification documents, as well the struggle to improve the status of Nigerians in Greece commence with high spirit as Nigerians starts witnessing a new-better human value and treatments upon arrival of Ambassador Ayodeji L. Ayodele and his new entire diplomatic team to the Embassy in the Hellenic Republic.
Speaking with His Excellency, Ambassador Ayodele during a visit to the Nigerian Embassy on issue of just concluded e-Passport’s intervention exercise for Nigerians in Greece for the August, 2012 Passport’s intervention program by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), our organization was made to understand, Nigerians that was scanned during this period starting from Monday July 30th to Friday August 10th, 2012 have their e-Passport available for collection on Wednesday 22nd August, 2012, however both the Ambassador and Immigration' officials led by Mrs. L. S. Mallim also lamented over the numbers of citizens (applicants) that they have their passport unprocessed due to one reason and the others (those who were trying to obtain another E-passport after the first issuing which the e-passport’s command system in Abuja rejected) “these are the only people their passports were not produced during this exercise”. The shocking revelation means, the Embassy must find a away to tackle the predicament for those affected.
We also gathered that the total production this time, which we were able to confirm from the list in print at the Embassy, account for a record breaking e-passports being issued to Nigerians in a single passport’s intervention exercise since the start of passport’s intervention exercises by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in the past two years Nigerians queuing for the E-passport in Greece not to mentioned, the time it took officers from the NIS to made the passports available for collection at the Embassy.
The question is, do they (Nigeria Immigration Service) have such qualified officers over the years? All that the Embassy received as sent by HQ in the past for the intervention exercise, on our views were some group of holiday makers as they produce e-passport with a lot of errors. As one Nigerian would put it, "from my name and photo image, am I not a female, but why would my passport be issued on Male gender?This is unforgivable mistake and I do not believe that these immigration officers are trained professional on the job" with reference to the previously sent NIS officials to the Embassy.
As one officer puts it, “the team that came for this intervention exercise are senior and professional officials” unlike the past exercise for Nigerians, the August, 2012 witness officials of the NIS’ team to Greece going to the Embassy of Nigerian in Paris, France to produce a total of more than four hundred (400) passports within just four (4) days but unable to process a total of One hundred and twenty-five (125) of applications the Immigration’s system in Abuja rejected due to “Data Rejected, Duplicate, Already Produced and Various Problems” but lost, damage or other fact without following the immigration or government legal procedure in having a re-issue after first issued are also rejected.
For those under the rejected category, there is hope of having their e-passport with the help and interventions by ambassador Ayodele requesting for forgiveness to those affected with the Controller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Mrs. Rose Chinyere Uzoma. His office (Ambassador) advice Nigerians affected to contact the embassy to get the accurate information needed to approve the rejection.
More also, the Ambassador of Nigeria to the Hellenic republic confirm to our organization that the E-passport machine that arrived in the Embassy on Thursday March 24th, 2011 as reported on our website will be install and being put in use before the end of September, 2012 bringing to an end the difficulty of securing the e-passport at the Embassy by Nigerians resident in Greece. “I personally met with the head of the Immigration in Nigeria over the passport circumstances in Greece and I gave them my term over the passport machine left uninstall at the Embassy…” Ambassador Ayodele added. This has be his daily public address to Nigerians that went for the collection of the e-passport at the Embassy’s entrance hall as they wait to make the Thirty euro (30.00 €) administrative fees before collection.
Confirming the total production and time spent in Greece throughout the exercise with Immigration officials, Mrs. L. S. Mallim, Head of the team, Barr. Jerry Omezi, immigration’s legal adviser and Mr. Ahmed Abudlrahman who just arrived at the Embassy from France where they went for the production and also on their way to the Athens international airport to borad a flight back to Nigeria on August 16, 2012 express their preparedness and determination in having the e-passports problem in Greece resolved within their approve time in Greece along side with the help and supports of Embassy’s official bring them to this far with the total production. They were able to confirm the figure with our Organization’s representative as they speed-off the Embassy to the airport at about 3.45pm to board a 5.00pm flight back to Abuja.
“The Embassy requested for more days for us to continue with the intervention exercise, the request was not granted by the Immigration headquarter in Abuja, hence we must return as you can see, we have unused e-passport booklets that we are returning with... Still with the little time on our side, we were able to produce all scanned passport exception of applicants who have problem with the DATA REJECTION” added Mrs. L. S. Mallim leader of the team to Athens in the August exercise.
“We here at the Embassy would want to serve, help and transform the living situation of Nigerians in Greece but they (Nigerians) must help the Embassy too for us to serve them right.” “Nigerians should be honest with us and abide with the laws of the host country they reside with this also, we as embassy can provide a better way forward…” this are words of Ambassador Ayodele.
As one officer at the Embassy puts it “You people have never had a career diplomat as an ambassador since the Embassy was established in Greece, all you people (Nigerians) have till now are political appointees… But both the head of the mission and his deputy this time are career diplomats”. Nigerians in Greece look up to them to make the most anticipated changes they hope for over Ten years.
In other news development, the new Consular General, Mrs. Mopelola Ibrahim took over all consulate activities from the out going Mr. J.S.O Akinsanya on Thursday 16th August, 2012. On assumption of office, she starts dealing and over seeing the e-passport’s collection exercise and at the same time attending to uncountable numbers of Greeks visa applications.
The consular section of the Embassy of Nigeria in Greece has published the list of LOST & FOUND PASSPORTS AND DRIVER’S PERMIT. The publication which was signed by Dr. E.U.OPAROTSA, Consular assistant to the Embassy via e-mail sent to Nigerian communities leaders and Organizations on Friday 6th July, 2012 13:30:33 +0000 reads, “PLEASE HEREIN ARE THE LOST PASSPORTS WE HAVE WITH US NOW SO IF YOU KNOW ANY OF THEM PLEASE TELL THEM TO COME FOR THE COLLECTION”. Emma Mone and Sons Greece, would like to inform those Nigerians whose names appear on the published list to kindly contact the consular section at 9 Sarantapouro Street 151 25- Maroussi, Attica Greece personally or by calling the consular assistant on the following telephone numbers :+30-2108021168,+30-2108024208 Mob: +30-6948843304 to learn how to retrieve his or her found passports.
Herein are names of those that their lost passport and driver’s permit were found and returned to the Embassy:
1. OSAZUWA DORIS
2. LAWRENCE FAITH IKENNA
3. AKHIONBARE PHILLIP
4. OKECHUKWU IKECHUKWU
5. AIWAGUOE OSSAS
6. OBAS FESTUS
7. IHEMTUGE SANDRA ADA
8. JOHN IRENE
9. IRABOR ROSEMARY
10. IMARO MAXWELL AGBONIFO
11. OMIGIE ESTHER QUEEN
12. OKEKE PETER IHIBULOR [CAR DRIVING PERMIT]
13. WARRI ROLAND
14. OSAWARU IGIEBOR HENRY
15. SAMMUEL LILIAN
16. ISERHIENRHIEN OMONOR FRIDAY
17. AIWUYOR SMART OSAYOMWANBOR
18. AGHEDO IRENE EFOSA
19. EGHAREVBA OMOYEMWEN
20. OSAYENDE TINA
21. ASOAMWAN GLORY
22. OSAYANDE OGBEIDE ELVIS
23. UGOALA EMMANUEL
24. ADOGA TUNDE OGEANIEN
25. OMOREGBE-IZELIAMU LOVETH
For security reasons, Emma Mone and Sons Greece decided to remove the Passport’s numbers from this publication.
In an event to celebrate the end of 2011 Business year of INTERAMERICAN Athens Branch Office (FARANTOURIS FINANCIAL ADVISORS) on the 8th of February, 2012 at the Athens Ledra Marriott Hotel, our organization Chairman Mr. Mone Kingdom Toritseju was added to the INTERAMERICAN Guinness Business Records 2012 with an award which was presented in recognition of effective cooperation and work dedication with the Athens Branch of INTERAMERICAN on its Community cooperation with foreigners and foreign Embassies in Greece.
IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE: WITH DEEP SADNESS AND PAIN IN HEART, WE RECEIVE THE NEWS ABOUT THE DEATH OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NIGERIAN IN DIASPORA ORGANIZATION EUROPE - GREECE CHAPTER (NIDOE) DR. OLUSOLA ROFAI WHO PASSES AWAY EARLY THIS MORNING AT EUAGGELISMOU HOSPITAL HERE IN ATHENS GREECE.
UNTIL HIS DEATH, HE WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF NIGERIAN ELDERS COUNCIL IN GREECE AND A WELL KNOWN MEDICAL DOCTOR.
OUR CONDOLENCES GOES TO MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY AND ALL NIGERIANS AT THE HARD TIME.
MAY HIS GENTLE SOUL REST IN PEACE.
EMMA MONE AND SONS ORGANIZATION IN GREECE MAKES IT EASY
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Her Excellency, Mrs. Patience Goodluck Jonathan Wife of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan is due to arrive in Greece with Presidential Jet over the weekend routed to Mykonos one of the most expensive Island in Greece.
According to sources close to the Embassy here in Athens, she is schedule to fly from Nigeria to Mykonos in order to attend the marriage ceremony of a Greek businessman’s daughter, the executive director of “Consolidated Contractors Company” (CCC). It's wildly expected that the Nigerian Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic Dr. Etim Udo Uye and his wife Mrs Edu Uye will be accompanying Her Excellency Mrs. Patience Goodluck from Athens International Airport on her trip to the famous Island of Mykonos.
AGE PENDING E-PASSPORT'S MACHINE ARRIVED IN GREECE ON THURSDAY MARCH 24, 2011 AS MR-PASSPORT WILL BE TERMINATED COMPLETELY ON APRIL 30TH 2011
(Click here or on E-Passport image to start Passport or Visa Application online) Date: 24/03/2011 (10;55pm)
The Honorable Minister Counselor, Mr. Joseph Akinsanya confirm “at last the long awaiting E-PASSPORT'S MACHINE FOR THE EMBASSY IS NOW IN GREECE FROM NIGERIA” speaking to representative from Emma Mone and Sons Organization Mr. Mone Kingdom Toritseju on Wednesday march 23, 2011 upon a stopover visit made by the later to the Embassy of Nigeria in Greece, the consular officer informed him about the long awaiting E-Passport’s machine which himself and Emma Mone and Sons Organization has being a long critics of, is now due to arrive in Greece at about 1.30pm on Thursday March 24th, 2011. Expressing his contentment on almost immediately arrival of the E-Passport Machine, Mr. J.O Akinsanya also articulated his frustration over the conducts of Nigerians that are yet to collect their Passport from the consulate which has long being sent to the mission by the Nigerian Immigration Service head office in Abuja.
He also scrutinize the low turn out by Nigerians in recent weeks for consular’s service which he attributed the cause to the newly office location of Embassy of Nigeria, hence the consular section is sending out notification letter and a Google’s map copies of the Embassy’s new address to various community in Athens which he consider will help community’s leaders in serving their members and other Nigerians in locating the Embassy’s new address at No. 9 Sarantaporou Street Maroussi.
While still speaking on the issue of the E-passport’s machine on Wednesday the 23rd of March, 2011, he constantly caution that it will take a quantity of time to prepare local staff that will manage the efficiency of the new machine and also anticipate the process of installation and training of local staff will be completed after the 2011 April General election in Nigeria as he urge Nigerians to be patient with the Embassy at the final stage in having the Machine achieve its tasks. The consular officer also look forward to Nigerians from other nearby countries within the EU block (western-block) coming to Greece once they are aware of the E-Passport’s Machine is being installed in order to have their E-passport issuance at the time termination of the Machine Readable Passport(MRP) is unavoidable by the federal government of Nigeria, “once we get on these stage, my worries is going to be the passport’s booklets”, which likely will pose some threats to the issuing of E-passport following the expiration of the Machine Readable Passport (MRP) in April 2011.
“I have personally sent a text message to the head of immigration in Nigeria over the last concluded exercises, telling her that the Embassy do not needs immigration officers rather E-passport machine should be send to the mission” according to the Head of Chancery Mr. Adekunle Ogunsanya who was in attendance at the brief meeting on Wednesday 23rd March, 2011. The issue of E-Passport is main concern for the Embassy as they are working vigorously to have the machine being sent to the mission rather than sending officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) which cost the mission more than what it will take to have a machine installed in Greece. Mr. Ogunsanya also acknowledge the fact that most Nigerians are yet to know the new office location of the Embassy and several time he did help brings Nigerians who are trying to location the Embassy from “Kifisias Avenue” while at the same time expressing the need for Embassy’s staff to educate Nigerians of the Embassy’s new address at NO. 9 Sarantaporou Street Maroussi, Athens Greece.
Meanwhile, the representative from Emma Mone and Sons Organization Greece (EMSGR) express delight over the news, “if in conclusion, Nigerians in Greece will now have the opportunity to scanned and at the same time have their E-passport printed at the Embassy, such will call for celebration by both the Embassy officials and Nigerians in Greece as passport matter has always be isolating force with the community’s state of affairs between the formal and the later, we leaders of communities and organizations can not wait for the machine to be installed in Greece”. Expressing his satisfaction over the E-passport machine on its way to Greece on Wednesday, he called on official of the Embassy to do more in having Nigerians to locate the Embassy’s new address, while thanking officers at present for such moves; he promise conveying the news to Nigerians in Greece.
At the long run as of today the 24th March, 2011, Emma Mone and Sons can confirm to all Nigerians in Greece that “we have it here in Greece”, although it takes more time for the machine to come to us but at least we have it finally. The E-passport machine and its component arrived at the Nigeria Embassy as of Thursday, March 24, 2011.
Date: 18/03/2011 (09;22am)
New detail information is now on the cards concerning the transfer of Minister Counselor Mr. Adekunle Ogunsanya, the Head of Chancery at the Embassy of Nigeria Athens, Greece is no longer resuming at his new station in Rome- Italy as we reported previously.
Mr. Adekunle Ogunsanya (HC) was transferred from the Embassy of Nigeria Athens at the time he is due to takeover the affair of the Embassy as Charge d’ affair will now continue in his position in the Hellenic mission following the abandonment of his initial transfer to Rome by the Nigeria Foreign Affair Ministry. At the time of this report, full detail about the withdrawal of his transfer has not get to us as we’re working vigorously to have it publish.
Despite the fact that the news concerning his transferred was greeted with jubilation by most Nigerians and members of the Nigerian Communities in Greece as they accept as true he (Head of Chancery) is now been move to an accepted European mission but at the same, his transfer’s revoke was applauded with bitter spirit by the same people and group as they reaffirm comments about the Embassy of Nigeria Greece as more or less as other African Embassy with no general upgrading and facilities that position the mission as one of Europe standard.
HEAD OF CHANCERY AT THE NIGERIA EMBASSY IN ATHENS GREECE TRANSFER TO ROME WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT THREE WEEKS AFTER THE EMBASSY RELOCATE TO A NEW OFFICE BUILDING
Date: 09/03/2011 (10;14pm)
We learnt from information reaching us as of today that Mr. A. Ogunsanya, Head of Chancery due to become the “Charge d’ affair” in about two months upon the departure of His Excellency Dr. Etim E.Uye, the Nigerian Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic has been transferred to the Nigeria Embassy in Rome, Italy with Immediate effect.
We can confirm to you that a close sources to some senior officials at the Embassy in Greece told our sources about the immediate transfer to Italy but reasons for such actions at the time Mr. A. Ogunsanya is due to take over the affairs of the Nigeria Embassy in Athens, Greece in less than two months period is yet unknown to us at the time of this report. Our information sources also confirm to us that; “his departure to resume in his new post is likely to be as early as next week” he said.
More also, we are aware that the Embassy of Nigeria in Greece has just be relocated to a new office building within the city in a minutes few walk from the previous office location on 15th February, 2011 but is unclear yet to why the foreign ministry’s head quarter in Abuja will come up with such decision when he is due to finish is term at the mission here in Greece late this year and weather its politically motivate or not we can not confirm in our report since information about his immediate transfer to Rome is unclear to Nigerians in Greece.
Hunger strike of 300 migrants in Athens and Thessaloniki: Legalization Now!
Greek Embassy/Consulate in Abuja Nigeria
Ministry of Citizen Protection of the Hellenic Republic
Ministry of Interior, Decentralization and E-Government of the Hellenic Republic
Ministry of Health of the Hellenic Republic
22rd of February 2011
We are writing to express our concern over the hunger strike of 300 migrants which is still currently in place in Athens and Thessaloniki. We are victims of the same situation those refugees and migrants that are participating in the hunger strike for almost 30 day now in Greece and such has become the only weapon that can be use by them against some public office holders in the country to express their dissatisfaction within the society. We are not surprised that until today, 300 HUMAN BEING are laying in the ‘Icon of the World Democracy’ without foods and drinks in requesting for their right but as it is, the current custodian of the country’s democracy is about showing to the world another meaning of the word (Democracy) with the government choice on the aforementioned matter after migrants feel compelled to choose such a strong measure to campaign for their rights: putting their lives at risk. We express our solidarity, support with their causes and if those 300 migrants cause, voice is not being treated, listen and met, more of us will join in the hunger strike which can lead to further action.
In our many years in Greece, we heard from the streets on daily basis that; “Greeks are pride people”, with your government continue silence to the demand of the 300 migrants for better life for migrants in Greece, has reveal that the government is also ‘pride’ rather than humility in protecting the right and human dignity within is territory. We urge you to fulfill the demands of the hunger striking migrants, i.e. the unconditional legalization of all migrants in Greece; because it’s getting too late as we start witnessing waves of many hunger strikers had to be hospitalized. Their health and indeed their lives are at risk here, and it is the responsibility of the Greek government to resolve the situation immediately by decreeing legalization.
We have heard some MP’s saying the Greek government will not be held to ransom or taken hostage by migrants but these same MP's accepting ransoms and hostages from their European Commission which force on the Greece government with its policies of illegal migrants staying the first country they enter and also on “border fencing”. By following the migrants’ demands, the Greek government can send powerful political signals. We believe that your government is afraid of going into political confrontation with other European member states as the government is trying to overcome its economic crisis but human dignity and life can not be substitute with selfish political interest by other EU member states. Free the migrants is as the same as freeing you country.
Genuine legalization for all migrants in Greece today will be the only true practices of democracy and human right in the Hellenic Republic.