The Consulate-General of Nigeria in New York says it is making arrangement to enrol Nigerians within its jurisdiction for the National Identification Number (NIN) in line with the directive from the Federal Government.

The Consul-General, Ambassador Lot Egopija, made this announcement at a hybrid Town Hall meeting held at Nigeria House in New York for Nigerian nationals within the jurisdiction.

Egopija said the Consulate had received a directive from the headquarters (Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs) to enrol its nationals. The Nigerian envoy said the Consulate would soon conclude arrangements with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

He also spoke on a number of topics, including passport issuance, trade and culture. He said that the Consulate had improved services in the areas of passport delivery, passport issuance and also in the processing of passport and visa documents, as well as information dissemination to all the members of associations registered with the Consulate.

Egopija said the Consulate was working with Nigeria Immigration Services (NIS) to get sufficient passport booklets to meet the need of Nigerians within New York jurisdiction. He said that the office had improved on its mailing services and was working with a telephone company to reconfigure a direct phone line in a way that any Nigerian could call and be answered immediately.

The Nigerian envoy explained that the Consulate would embark on cultural diplomacy aimed at promoting Nigeria’s image by organising cultural shows, saying “we need to export our culture”. On trade and investment, Egopija said he was in talks with the New York Chamber of Commerce and would be extending it to other Chambers of Commerce in the U.S. to boost trade relations between Nigeria and the host country.

The Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, said it was important to interact with the compatriots to better inform them on efforts being made to serve them better and to get feedback from them.

Similarly, a Nigerian community leader, Mr Francis James, commended the Consul-General for his achievements in just three months in office especially the transformation he had carried out to effect positive changes. James also commended the Consul-General for fixing the problems of Nigerians loitering around in Nigeria House.

 “Dialogue produces better and lasting solutions than protests,’’ he said.