|Posted on April 5, 2013 at 2:45 AM|
At first, when we got the information that two Ambassadors in their capacity from the Nigeria Foreign ministry was posted to Greece in June, 2012- it seems more worrying to most Nigerians living in Greece and we thought this is the same politician’s jamboree as usual since the Mission was unable to install the most needed E-PASSPORT MACHINE for its citizens after its arrival to the Mission at about 1.30pm on Thursday March 24th, 2011.
However His Excellency, Ambassador Ayodele Lawrence Ayodeji the Nigeria’ Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic and his Deputy Head of Mission (DHM), Ambassador Christian N. Iroala arriving Greece not as many would anticipated. H.E Ambassador Ayodele L. Ayodeji coming from Germany and Ambassador C.N. Iroala coming from South Africa their last service posting, would not only test each individual career’s ability but also their new office position as Head of Mission and Deputy Head of Mission respectively.
The Embassy of Nigeria in Athens under its current administration had worked vigorously not only to have the long-laying waste E-PASSPORT MACHINE installed at the Mission but the Equipment was installed in a new Property just acquired my the Embassy within just eight months of their arrival in Greece.
Our correspondents speaking with His Excellency on the possibility of the Machine serving the needs of Nigerians in the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Ayodeji L. Ayodeji made it clear that among his assignments to Greece, is to serve Nigerians and making sure that Nigerians are well protected hence the E-passport is issued to Nigerians within two (2) minutes as we speak.
When asked about the possibility of his claim because Nigerians had lost faith in the Embassy for the issuing of the E-passport here in Greece; He went further to express the commitment of his entire staff, the assistance and mutual understanding of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) at such a critical stage of restating the Image of Nigeria, bringing charges within the Embassy as well challenges faced by Nigerians in the host country.
The Embassy had worked tirelessly to get the IT officers from the NIS here to have the Machine installed in February and now the Mission also has Four (4) Immigration officers on ground from Nigeria doing the job here at the Embassy, these officers will be in the Mission for one month in order to clear all pending cases. While still speaking on the possibility of Nigerians having their E-passport issued here in Greece, a Nigerian was issued with the said E-PASSPORT within just two minutes which we (EMSGR) can confirm as we trying to put-up this report. The question is, why allowing Nigerians to go through bitter days for so long if the E-passport can only take less than five (5) minutes to be issued?
The Embassy is pleading with Nigerians to come in person for the services they need from the Embassy. “It is their (Nigerians) right to come to the Embassy and request for legitimate services from us but NO Nigerian has the right to walk into the Embassy and insult my officers while he or she is try to serve Nigerians, this I will not accept from anyone” added the Ambassador. “YOU DO NOT REQUIRE ANY THIRD PARTY OR PROXY. YOU ARE TO PAY ONLY THE FEE STIPULATED BY LAW AND REFUSE TO PAY ANY INDUCEMENT TO ANYBODY. ALSO INSIST ON OBTAINING THE OFFICIAL RECEIPT FOR ANY PAYMENT YOU MAKE” as delivered on a keynote address by Ambassador C.N. Iroala the Deputy Head of Mission for His Excellency, Ambassador Ayodele L. Ayodeji on the occasion of NIDOE Greece Chapter’s launching of its Blueprint for the year 2013 in Athens on Saturday, March 30, 2013.
We are working to get you further update regarding this development.