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The Nigeria High Commission in London
says it is worried by the migration and
removal policy of the UK Government,
which has placed deportation tag on 29,000
Nigerians.
The Acting Nigerian High Commissioner in
London, Olukunle Bamgbose, gave the
indication in his office when he spoke with
State House Correspondents covering Vice
President Yemi Osinbajo’s visit to London.
He said the migration policy came about
following the migration crisis created by the
troubled regions in the world.
“I think about 29,000 Nigerians have been
designated to be deported.
“We are insisting that due process must be
followed before Nigerians are really removed
from the UK to Nigeria,’’ he said.
Mr. Bamgbose gave four conditions that
should be met by the UK immigration office
before the commission could accept the
migration and deportation agenda.
“First, we must ensure that they are really
Nigerians; they are medically fit to travel; all
the legal processes must have been
completed and that they have role to play in
Nigeria.
“You do not expect someone who has not
been to Nigeria for 30 years to 40 years, and
does not have any family and you want to
deport him.
“He will constitute social problems to us in
Nigeria; so these are the sore points at this
moment that we have,’’ the envoy said.
Mr. Bamgbose noted that in spite of the
challenge, the relationship between Nigeria
and UK had deepened, adding that the UK is
ready to engage with Nigerians in various
aspects, in defence, immigration, trade and
investment.
“In 2012 trade volume between the two
countries was about four billion pounds,
which has doubled now.
“But with what we now have British
investors are ready to move into Nigeria in a
massive way.
“I expect that in the next two to three years
the trade volume will triple and go to about
12 billion pound or even more.”
Mr. Bamgbose attributed the rise to the new
confidence the foreign investors had in
Nigeria and the new administration.
“The willingness of the British businessmen
to even want to come to Nigeria is very
important.
“Because, hitherto, the way we were running
the government they did not have that
confidence in government.
“They are not really sure whether they can
go into Nigeria and invest.
“Now with the new administration, what
they believe the new administration can do
and the fidelity with which the new
administration has brought to governance
that is the first thing.
“You have to have the confidence of those
who are going to Nigeria to invest and I think
with what is going on now they are very
confident that they can go into Nigeria and
invest,’’ he said.
The envoy said the confidence also elevated
the level of diplomatic service of the country.
“But since the new administration came in
we have found our bounce, there is that
diplomatic bounce once again.
“One the Federal Government has taken the
batch on the Boko Haram, they are being
decimated; also the energy problem is being
addressed frontally also again the issue of
graft is also being addressed.
“We have found our bounce and as diplomats
here we are going to engage our colleagues
from other countries without necessarily
being apologetic by our country,’’ he added.
Mr. Bamgbose recalled that when the VP met
with some MPs, “he was told that we have
British businessmen, who are interested in
investing up to 1.8 billion pounds in Nigeria.
“That is huge but it is because of the
confidence that they have in the leadership of
the new administration in Nigeria,’’ he said.

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