By Vera Anyagafu & Prisca SAM-DURU
THE Head, Indian High Commission, Lagos office, Rani Malick, has described India visa policy with Nigeria as stable, stressing that from the outset of both countries’ bi-national commission agreement, the duo have enjoyed a mutual understanding in diverse sectors.
Malick who spoke at the event to mark India’s 67th independence anniversary noted that both countries’ bi-national agreement in key sectors of their economies have enormously contributed to the cordial relationship they both enjoy.
According to the consular general, “Our visa policy with Nigeria for the past two decades is stable and successful and the number of Nigerian immigrants to India are increasing by the day. We have more Nigerians coming into India for various intended reasons, just as more Indians come into Nigeria.”
She added, “Presently, the population of Indians in Nigeria is over 40,000, an indication that both countries are deep rooted in their bi-national commission, and I do not foresee a situation that would present any visa problems between Nigeria and India.”
Also disclosing India’s relationship with Nigeria as traditionally consistent, and growing from strength to strength, Malick said, “I am optimistic that India would not engage Nigeria in any policy that could mar the consistent relationship we have maintained over the years. I encourage both Indian and Nigerian nationals to often engage in practices that would only reflect a penchant for onward growth of both countries’ economies.”
She said both countries nationals should pay heed to important ingredients that would enable them work towards building a sustainable India-Nigeria bi-national relation, taking into cognizance the ideals of patriotism, self restraint, discipline and honesty, which are instrumental to achieving productive paths.
Doing business in Nigeria
ALTHOUGH the issue of inconsistent power generation is seemingly frustrating industrialization in Nigeria, majority of Indian industrialists in the country have declared their businesses productive and prosperous.
Reacting to the issue of poor power generation in Nigeria, which is noted as a scourge that undermines virtually everything that could move Nigeria towards a brighter economy, Malick posited that this has for a long time crippled major industries in Nigeria.
Malick said, “Indian government feels committed to strategies that are capable of regulating power generation in Nigeria. Nigeria is accommodating a number of Indian businessmen and this to an extent expresses the level of relationship between Nigeria and India.
There are not many countries with which India shares such deep relationship and standing on this existing fact, India government will not relent in supporting the government of Nigeria to ensure that the on-going power sector reform process in Nigeria becomes a success.”
In a similar development, the Vice President, Indian Professionals Forum in Nigeria Mr. Anil Grover, encouraged Indians resident in Nigeria to keep up the good work of standing forthright with the government and people of Nigeria in efforts to address issues of great concern for a better and cordial bi-national relationship.
He said, “We are delighted doing business in Nigeria and with Nigerians, because we both have successfully established a high degree of friendship and cooperation.
“We must endeavour to rediscover the virtues of our heritage, while moving towards greater social harmony, peace and prosperity. Although, we both have diverse cultures, we are doing well in terms of efforts to identify additional areas where we can contribute to immensely grow our economies.”