Angolan embassy opens visa centre in Port Harcourt

The Angolan Embassy has opened a visa collection centre in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital with promise to continue to harness the various economic potentials in Nigeria, assuring that procurement of Angolan visas will be possible within 24 hours.

Penpushing reports that Angolan ambassador to Nigeria, Jose Zan while inaugurating the centre explained that the measure was part of efforts to strengthen business ties with Nigeria, noting that there are lots of hurdles experienced by both countries (Nigeria and Angola) in terms of accessing the Angola visa from Port Harcourt, hence, the need for the centre.

The ambassador pointed out that the centre was expected to satisfy the travel needs of the Angolan community resident in South-South and South-East Nigeria, adding that he has been in Nigeria less than a year, and ensuring a better business approach between Nigeria and Angola.

‘I have been on duty in Nigeria for less than a year during which I’m ensuring a better business approach between Nigeria and Angola. One of my targets is to enhance travel experience for the Angolan and Nigerian communities and one of the ways to achieve this is to ensure an easy facilitation in terms of visa procurement’, Zan said.

‘These communities have suffered lots of hurdles shuttling both countries from Port Harcourt; sometimes, when they have to fly to Abuja to procure their visas, they end up missing business appointments and spending extra cost on hotels. That’s why we are here in Port Harcourt, to enhance speedy procurement of Angolan visas which is easy and also possible within 24 hours’,.

Penpushing further reports that Chief Executive Officer Akwahelms Limited, Onyemaechi Ejindu, a partner in the centre while speaking said it was poised to ensure professional strategies that would enhance the travel experience to Angola.

The Akwahelms Limited boss explained that the advantage of having the collection centre in Port Harcourt was to help address the difficulties of travelling to Lagos or Abuja to facilitate visa allocations.

‘Now that the Angolan Embassy has brought a visa centre closer to the south and eastern states, we also look forward to collaborating with other airlines that will be linked to the Angolan national airline in terms of connectivity’, he said.

‘As we speak, it’s surprising the number of Nigerian/Angolan community that shuttle between Angola and Port Harcourt for various types of businesses. This is why we made efforts to establish this centre in order to reach out to those who are into trading and other businesses’, Ejindu stated.

Penpushing also reports that he pointed out that Angola, like Nigeria, has lots of attractions and that both countries were beginning to appreciate their similarities and also exploiting economic relationships, stressing that just like Nigeria, Angola is richly endowed with crude oil and other natural deposits like gold, diamond and many others.

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