The Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, Adeyinka Asekun, has said that Canada is unfairly denying many Nigerians visas, including students.
NAN reports that Asekun said this on Thursday at a webinar on Nigeria’s Independence Anniversary organised by the mission.
He noted that many Nigerians were eager to study in Canada but were denied the opportunity.
Asekun also expressed the hope that the issue of Canada denying Nigerians visas would be addressed in the draft bilateral agreement both countries have been working on.
“Canada and Nigeria have for some time been working on a draft agreement that addresses a number of areas of mutual concern to both countries. It is our further hope that a video conference call may be set up next spring latest to finalise the terms of this agreement.”
“What is most important about this agreement is that it is likely to address a situation in which a lot of Nigerian citizens are being denied visas when they should actually have been granted the visas. We are looking for a situation in which the process will become much fairer and much more predictable,” he said.
He also hinted that there are provisions in the agreement that will make it possible for Nigeria to get much better treatment.
Asekun said Nigeria and Canada had shared a long-lasting and mutually beneficial relations in various areas since the former’s Independence in 1960.
He acknowledged the Canadian government’s assistance to Nigeria, including its contribution to establishing a laboratory in Lagos in 2014 for effective management of infectious disease following the Ebola outbreak.