By Vera Samuel Anyagafu and Prisca Sam-Duru
The United States Consul General Jeffery Hawkins has disclosed that the Consulate in Lagos is putting in over 30 million US Dollars for the renovation of its office in order to meet the increasing demands of applicants in the country.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos, Hawkins explained that the Consulate has been experiencing a lot of constraints while trying to ensure that both Nigerians and Americans receive standard consular services which is reason for the urgent need to remodel by putting up additional structures as well as employing the services of more Senior consular officers.
According to him, “I am proud that so many eligible Nigerians want to go to US which is increasing the demand for Visas and at the same time, causing unnecessary delays.
It is absolutely vital that we remodel the consulate to provide quality services to Nigerians who are interested in promoting trade, education and business between Nigeria and the United States”
Hawkins further stated that “Nigeria as the future of the continent is a very rich and important nation to United States. We therefore have a commitment to make sure that the bi-national relationship between US and Nigeria remains tight and progressive”.
He reiterated the Consulate’s commitment towards helping boost Nigeria’s growth by rendering assistance in the area of education, agriculture, health, trade and youth empowerment, adding that, “We have been touring round all states of the federation to render assistance on internet training and distributing educational materials to schools”.